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THE MONK: 



ROMANCE. 

By M. G. LEWIS, Efq. M. P. 



IN THREE VOLUMES.— VOL. II. 



Soiiwfei, tcrrores magicos, miracula, fagas, 
Ko6hinios lemures, portentaque. 



Dreams, magic terrors, fpells of mighty power, 
Witches, and ghofts who rove at midnight hour, 



HORAT, 



THE SECOMD EDITION. 



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CHAP. 


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iTaiint ! and qiHt my fight ! Let- the caikh lude ihte !: 

r bones are raarrovyUfa ; .thy blood 19 cold ; i -"• 

V^l^^lioa had no fpecalatiun in thofe eyes 

Which thou doll glare with! Hence, honiblc ftiiidow I 

'Unreal mockery, hence I 

V*^ '•.;■. i ■ Macbktju 

^^ONTlNUAXJOJr OFTHJ5 VZSTO&Y OF DON R.WMOKO,^ 

Jyl.Y journey was tmcommonly agree- 
able; ■ I found the baron a man o£ fomc 
fcnfe, bit little knowledge of the world. 
Hehad paflcd a great part of his life wiiU- 
QUtftirring beyond the precinfts of his own 
Vol. II. B^ domains^ 



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domains, and confequently his manners 
were far from being the mod polifh^d ; but 
he was hearty, good-humoured, and friend* 
ly. His'^ttfefltion'toinewasallthatlcould 
with, and I had every reafon to be fatisfied 
with his behaviour. His ruling paffion was 
hunting, which he had brought himfelf td 
confider as a ferious'pccupatiop ; and, when 
talking over fome remarkable chace, he 
treated the fubjeft with as much gravity asi£ 
It had been a battle on which the fate of two 
kingdoms was depending. I happened to 
be a tolerable rportfmari : fbon after mjr ar- 
rival at Lindenberg, I gave fome proofs of 
my dexterity. The baron immediately 
marked me down for a man of genius, and 
vowed to me an eternal friendlhip. 

That friendfliip was. becpme_to 'me by no 
means indifferent. At the caftle of Liri^ 
denberg, I beheld" for the 'fifl! time yfeiCir: 
fifter, the lovely AgnesV Forme,* wKoft^ 
heart was unoccupied, and *wlio gnevcd liTP 
the void, t6*fee* her and to ldv6 fief were'tfce* 
fame. 1 fobnd' ?n Agnes'ili 'tKat HSVrfcqtii^ 



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{xt^:pQjcc\.}xc my affeftion* She was lUcii 
(f:i^fcejy fi^J^tecn • bcr perfon light and ele- 
gant was already formed; (he poflefled fcr 
yer^l tijilems irx perfe<5lion, particularly thofe 
9fj|7iuficand drawing: her charadter w^s 
g^ajjOpcnj and good-humoured ; and, the 
graceful fiippliciry of her dreis and man- 
ners formed an advantageous contraft to 
thjB art and ftudied coquetry of the Parifiaa 
dames, whom I had juft quitted. From, 
the moment that I beheld her. I felt (he 
moft lively intereft in her fate. I made 
many enquiries refpedting her of the ba* 
roiiefs. 

•VShe is my niece/* replied that lady; 
•* y;ou are ftill ignorant, Don Alphonfo, 
that f am your country-woman. I am fifleV 
to the duke of Medina Cell. Agnes is the 
^aiiohter of my fecond brother, Don Gaf- 
ton : (he has been deftined to the convent 
from her cradle, and will foon make l^r 
pro^dfi^on at Madrid." 

rHcre Lorenzo interrupted the mariguis 
by an exclamation of furprife. 

B 2 '* Intended 



( 4 } 

'•** Mended for the cottviDtfroirilicfr*tfa?^ 

dlei*' 'feid be : ** By iicaven, this is the firft* 

wdrdthat 1 ever heard of fuch a defign/-^" ^ ^ 

** I believe it, my dear Lorenz6/*''a:nftvdr«'' 

ed poti Raymond i ** but you muft liftenf 

to' hie with patience. You wrll «ot be Iei(S 

furpnfed, when I relate fome pariicufs^itf of 

your family ftili unknown to you,and whicll 

I have leariit from the mouth of Agniesii^ri 

felf^**' / ' ' ^'-'^ 

He ttten refumed his narrative as ftrf- 
. ■ ' ■ • * f,. . 

lows :] ^ 

You cannot but be aware, that yoiirparefitii 

were unfortunately flaves to the gYoflVflf 

fuperftitioh : when this foible was called 

into/play, their every other fentiment, their 

every other palfion, yielded to its irrefiftibl^ 

fljcngfh. While (he was big with Agnesj 

your mother was feized by a dangerous ill- 

nefs, and given over by her phyGcians. In' 

t\ni fituation Donna Inefilla' vowed, that if 

Ihe recovered from her maliidy, the child 

theh living in her bofom, if a girl, fliould 

|pe .dedicated to St. Clare j if a boy, to St. 

' '"' ■''*■"' • Benedict 



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Bcneclict-. t^cr pra5^crs were heard ; flic 
got rid of her complaint; Agnes entered the^ 
workf alive, and was immediately dcftined 
to the fervice of St. Clare. 
■ t)on .Gafton readily chimed in with h*$ 
lady's wiflus :.but knowing the fentimeniSk 
of the ^Uike, his brother, rerpe<5\ing a mo- 
Uaftic life^. it. was determined that your, lif- 
ter'^ deftination thould be carefully con-i 
qcaled from^him. The better to guard the 
(ecretjK.it. was |^e.foIye4,that Agnes (hould 
accpmpajiy b.eraiint, DonnaRodolpha, into. 
^Germany^ whitjher t-hat.Iady was on che point 
pf fojlpwin^ l)er nesy*r)iarried hufband, ba-, 
ron Lindenbcrg. ,.pn her arrival at tiiat 
9^ate^ the yqimg .Agnes was piu into a con-. 
vcnr,,litjjated:'bwt af^w miles from thecaf-, 
• tje, ^ The: puns, to \vfhoni 4ief cduca-tiQn was,' 
'c6nfid?d> performed their charge with ex-, 
aftitudc: they ma-.ieliera perfect milirefs of 
mwPj'-^ciniplrftiment'S^, and (trove to infufe 
iiitahdr ipind a tafte for the retirement and 
iranxjutTpleaf^ires of a convent. But a fecret 
inflindt ; made ^ibe young rcclufe fenfible 
B 3 that 



C 6 J . . ,, 

iha,t flie was not born for folitude; jn.all tfi'c 
freedom of youth and gaiety, (he fcrupled 
not to treat as ridiculous many cereniQnies 
\yhich the nuns regarded with awej and 
(he was never more happy than when hci; 
rivcly imagination infpired her with foinc. 
fcheme to plague the ftiff lady abbefs, or 
the ugly ill-tempered old porterefs. She? 
looked with dlfguft upon the p'rofpeA before? 
her; however, no alternative wasofftred to 
her, and flie fubmitted to the tiecree of her 
parents, though not vvithout fecret tepinihe;. : 
That repugnance (he had not arc enough 
to conceal long: Don Grafton was inforthecT 
of it. Alarmed, Lorenzo, left your afleC-* 
tion for her (hould oppofe it(eff to hisjiro;* 
jefts, and left you fliould'pofitively objeO: 
-fo your fifter's mifery, tie^fefblveid to keep, 
the whole affair from your knowledge 4s. 
well as the duke's, till the facrifice uiQul^j 
be confummated. TheTeafofl of Tier tark-/ 
ing the veil was fixed for the titne when you 
(hould be upon your travels : in the mean * 
while no hint was dropped of Donna Ine- 

filla's 



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(ilia's fatal vow. Your lifter was never per- 
mitted to know yoar diredion. ^11 your 
litters were read before (he received them, 
and thofe parts effaced which were likely 
to nouri(h her inclination for the world : 
her anfwers were didtated either by her 
aunt, or by dame Cunegonda, her govcr- 
nefs. . Thefe particulars I learnt partly 
fi orti Agnes, partly from the baronefs her*, 
fclf/ 

I. immediately determined upon refcuing 
tnis Ibycly girl from a fate fo contrary %o her 
iriel^ationsj iuld ill fuited to her merit. I 
Aodea^oured to ingratiate myfelf into her 
iaycttiir:. 1 boafted of my friendChip indm- 
dmacy V^^^ ^^^^* She liftened to me with' 
avidhvi ,lbe (cemed to devour my words'* 
while,! i{>oke ib'your praife, and lier eyes ' 
thanked me for my affc6fion to her brother. 
My conftant and uhrcniitted atttfrition at 
length gained me. her heart, and with dif- 
ficulty I obliged her to confefs that (he 
loved me. When, however, I propofed her 
B 4 quitting' 



< 6 ) 
qt»ittingilje caftfe of Liiuknberg, flie re- 
jcdlcc^' ijjic i<<ea in politive terms. • 
. -^^^ Be'generom, Alphtntb,^' (he ftitJ; 
'^ ycyn'i^oflefs my he^tJ, but dfe'n^<it (tic g?ft 
ignobly, ■ Emffloy not your' nffcchdan^y 
oternie in p^rfuAcfmg me to take i ftep at 
which I '(hould hereafter -have tb blulh; I 
am young and dcWrerff* my brdthcry Any 
-dhiy ftJttid; *iy fcpSfated frorji -.nW^^ tind ttiy 
other relations aft with me as my enemies. 
T^kc pity onf my uftproteftcd »fifuktion. 
fnrieiid of feducjiiig'mc to an'aifVrofi^whith 
*vowld covw'rn^^ withflifrme, Uricemhttti^ 
igaimcditf dif(i£lrn)iisfiCc£.tlH>re whb'gcnmixinsid 
*f liiffib^tcA cftecnps! Joili ':My^. zvim^'tt 
ikhtmevet harfiviipeoiid, tn^ tootraipttb* 
bos, "remertjbers that you refcucii herfrbm 
ibrfiunds of n^oriJcrers, jwd w«J?f *Witb yw 
akme the appearance of kmdnefs anfiHbbnig^ 
iiiiyi Try tbea^your.incftoemre. over 'thy 
^iardians. If they cohfem ito diir dnriini 
my hand is yours^ Frorh your account cf 
my btbther,: I' qannot^oubt iyour obtaining 
v::i :•:': . a his 



his approbation : and when they find the 
impoflibility pf executing their.^dcfign, I 
truft that iny .parents^ vfiriU cxcufe my dif- 
obedience, and expiate by feme other Ikcrih 
fkc my mother's {fetal vow/*; 

.From the ficft moment. that I beheld 
Agnes, I had endeavoured to conciliate the 
favour of her reflations. Authorifcd by the 
CQofedion of her regard, I redoubled my 
-exertions* My prirrcipal battery was di- 
re.^jS^ ^gftinft.the baronefs:. it was eaCy to 
tlilcov^ry that, her word was Jaw in the caT^ 
tlecMber. hufbAnd paid her the moft abfolute 
iUUniiSopt and coaildered her. as afuperior 
Jpeiog% Slit vras about forty : in her youth 
(bc/bad'beeaa beauty; but her charms had 
been^upoa that large fcale which can but 
iU-fu(laiaxhcdiocJco£ years: however, did 
(UM .poSicfSadjfomc remains of them. He? 
uaderftandiog was- flcong and excellent 
when not obfcurcd by prejudice, which un- 
luckily, was.but feldom the cafe. Herpa& 
fions were vidlent : (he fpared no pains t6 
gratify thcmy aiid purfued wttb unremitting 
* . - B 5 vengeance 



Vengeance thofc who oppoflbd thctafclfeitd 

^er wifhes. The warmeft of friends, tlife 

**ioft ioveicratc of enemies, fiich was^^thfe 

-baroneis Lindenberg- : :.:i 

I laboured inceffarttfy to pleafe he*k 

Bnliickily I fuccecdcd but too >Vell. Sbfe 

feemed gratified by myflttention,andtrdateil 

me with a diftindlion accorded by her to no 

^ne elfe. One of my daily occupations wte 

Pleading to her for feveral hours : thofe 

4houn I (bould: much rather have psflTad 

^wakhAgiies; but as i Was canfcibus that 

itrndtplainmce for her aonc would adVancie 

our union, I fubmitted with a good',)gra)ce 

ta the penance impofed npon me; Dt5n na 

ifiipti^lphafs ilibrary was: prmcrpaUyioom* 

pofedof^ddSpaniih rottiancesribefeweie 

Jbef favoume ftudies, and: Dndc-jaodaty one 

.^.thefe. uftiEacrciful: votoBies :Wxsf>ui !;ego« 

iarlyinto iBy.bamis«. i cead ibeirasrifiaaitt 

lidvonwrcsof '^.Perxefire/iy^i %\\3^nmte ib^ 

: HJ^^tfir i*^ Pahimn Q/£nglmd^f! and; 'i:tti 

point of i^^Ui^ ffpoi s{&y.i ^^4s .ilv<>.vigh 

i/ * . . . .^ -^ 1 ennui. 



;( ?? > 

cnQui, However, the ibcrfs^fii^ pljc^^tfvire 
wi}icb the bajroaefs fecmed D3 takciii in/ 
fociety, encouraged me to perfevere ; and 
latterly (he (hewed for me a partiality /p 
marked^ thaCj;Agnes advifed me to f^izc 
tb<; firft opportunity pf declaring our Qiu- 
tiiol pa^ion to our auQt. 
.One evening I was alone with Donna 
&odoIpba>.iD her own apartment. As our 
Headings generally treated of love^, Agotfs 
WM never permitted to ailiil ac tbecn* . 1 
wasjuft congratulating myfei£fOa having 
finiflxul f^ the Loves ofTriftanandtbtS^tjieH 
Ijeuk^ ^\ 

H Ah ! the unfortunates !'' cried the ba- 
Boners 1,*^ How fay you, Scgnor? Do jmi 
think .it poflibie for maa to fed anr attach* 
Bieiitib.di&ntere(led and fincere >'; .. 

** Lcannot doubt it,*' replied I ; "my 
OKQ heart £umi(hes me with the certainty. 
Ah .! DoAna Rodolpha, inrght I but hope 
for your approbjatign of my love 1 might I 
butoMifefa the name of niy miftrcfs, with* 
.-0UC mcurring your refentment !'' 

B6 She 



•: Shis iiitcrrujf>ted int. • - > .- on^ 

* ^* Suppote I W<te to fpar« you fbat'COiii' 
feffiorr? Sup{>ofc I were to acknowledgt' 
that tHe dbjf 6t of your defircs is not uiiiJ 
Kiiowd tattle? Soppofe I were id fay, ttttfP 
ftre rehima your affeftidn-, aBd^taments» rtot^ 
Icfs fiiiccrely than yourfelf the unhappy yows^ 
which fepiarate her from yiu ?" 

- " Ah! Oorth^ ftodolpha!" leyclaimetV 
tlM%wing-^yrelf »pon my knees before Ikor/* 
akid-pfeiflng-hir toand to my lipsy . ^t:)!Qii. 
bave difcovdrcd my fecret ! What ikyoiw 
ciMilibA ^ Muft I dfifpair, x}r jnay I roduDi^ 
upon your favour ?" ' - • - V \ 

• ^Sbe^'wrthdrew- Bot thchand wWch I heW ; 
l!)^'(he»tu«ic!J*Foin iiic^, an<i>V:oVfci?ed-lf« 
:aWH»itft'th«^^t«?i^r-^ ^' J - - ^i ■• -'••Jrti 

** How dfrf-rVefrffi? rf^ydU'>'^(tie»i^pPiert|i 
**/[h! Don Alphonftrjl-haVeiong-ficfceived 
Mwhomyour fctteifttloni^fefedivefte^, bdiif 
tiJr now 1 ptdccfvft}- ndt'^tSe* fft>pi«e0kA 
ti'ttc* tTidytiSi taSady ufft/n my;hearc^; T A^ 
iW^rli^f tatf ffo :»iJgdf'-h?ae^fef ^<»eaKrfefl 
cither from rriyfelf or frbm ^611.'- * *I yield td 
"'- I ' ^> 'i the 



C »3 J 

(be violence of niy psffion^ and ofwrn that £ 
adore.yotC! -JForiliceelobg months I ftifled 
Bijr.defires^ but growing ftronger by rcfifti' 
^liMe/it ibbttit toctbeir-impetuoiBcy. Pride^ 
hmy aod bponour^ i-efpediforroyrdf, and 
my :eogiig^ems to the baron, all are van^ 
quidi^ct^ I facrifice them xo my iovcfor 
you^ and it flil) kerns to me that I pay too 
mean a price for your pofleffioa.'' . . " 
.tSke.paafed for an anCwcr.— jiudgc> .my 
Lorenzo, what muft baveJihlech my cotw 
iofion at this diTcoveJ^y* I atuTiice fav^'all 
tbemagiiiitudeof ffaisobftacleyTwiiich I had 
myfelf raifdcJ to my happiners, TAa*ba-; 
tenuis Jiad placid ^hiofe attentions xq kav 
own accoanr, M^hich I haid me^^eiy paid faeit 
for die fake; of Agnes : aiMi:the,ftrengch«<)£ 
hex ej^pre^ons, the looks which accotiopa-* 
niedf them, and my kpawJe4ge 9^ her re-^ 
ipeageful di^ofkion, isfiade . 010 itmmbk Cob 
atyfelf. and my' beloved, n i .w^jQlent. fpc: 
fMnc-minutesL llfcntwjicjt.lipw tft i^-f^ 
OD h^deijclaration : {; could jonjy. refblivQ ik^ 
clear up the miftal^c without dQUy^..a94 

for 



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jCbr 'the prefent to cdacjeaL fcomber kiiaii>^ 
kdgc the name of my-mSlbeft. .Nofooocr 
had (he avowed her paffionj than the tcajoifi*. 
ports which before were ciiident injOXf. 
features gavo place to confterdation and 
conftraiot* I dropped her hand) APd rpfe 
from my knees, . The change ii^ my couort 
tenance did not efcape her obfervation* ,7 
<« What means this filcnce ?** (aid Ihe.in 
a i trembling voice : ** Where is that joy 
which you led me to expedt ?'* [ 

, «« Forgive me, Segnora/' I aofwcred^ 
<* if what neceffity forces from me (hould 
f€«m har(h and uqgratefuU Tq encourage 
you in an errors which/ hpwevter jt mfty 
fiaa^f nqyJclf^iiKuft prove xo you the fouircc 
c|;dir%ppoin|ment> would make me apptar 
ipr imiiial ip every eye« Honour obliges mc 
lo inform you, that you have miftaken for 
Itbc: folicicode of love ,what was only the 
atteniioriof frkndfliip* Tiielatttrfenti** 
mcnt »r that wbrch I wilhed xo excite la 
your^bofom : to entertain a warmer^irefpeft 
ioT you forbids, me, and gratitude for the 
• ;? ;. . baron's 



( *5 ) 

bftron^s g^n^rbus treaEtment. Perhaps theHi 
ffcaCods would not be fufficient to a>ieid roe 
ftom your a^ra£tioti8, were it not that my 
kflcAions <ire already beftowed upon ano^ 
flitr. ^ Yoi£i*b^e charms, Segnora, which 
might '^ptivatc the thoft infenfible; n3 
heirt unoccupied could refift them. Hap^ 
py is it for me^ that mine is no longer in 
thy pofle(fion> or I (hou)d have to reproach 
myfelf for ever with having violated the 
laws of hofpitality. Recoiled yourfel^ 
itoble lady ! recoUeA what is owed by you 
t6 hoaour, by me to the baron^ and rephic6 
by efteem and friendfhip thofe fentinveots 
ilFfaith I never can return. '* ^ 

The baronefs turned pale at this uneit^ 
J)e£tled and pofitive declaration: (He^otititA 
«d' whether (he flept or woke; At Teagth 
lecove^ing from her furprife, confternaticMik 
gave place to rage^ and the blood ruilKid 
back into her cheeks with violence. 
> - " Villain V (he cried j M Monfter of de- 
ceit! Thus is the avowal of my Jove^re^ 
ceived ? Is it thus that • . • • bur^ ik>> no ! it 



< :^ :) 

cltnhoc, i% (hall not be ! Alphonfo, I?eb9l4 
tnc at your feet ! Be wunefs^qf mxdefpau; J 
"Look with phy on a woman who loves yoii 
with fincere affedion ! She who pofie^ 
your heart, how has (be merited Aich, a 
treafure ? What facrifice has (he made to 
you ? What faifes her above Rodolpha ??*; 
. I endeavoured to Yitt her from her kqees. 
,? <* For God's fake, Scgnora, reftrain thieA^ 
irtfnfports ; tliey difgrace. y.Qurfelf and mct 
your exclamationa may beheaidi and your 
fecrer divulged CO your attendants; I fee 
thotiny prefence only irritates yowi perinic 



ma to tfctire/" 



I prepared to quit the apartment : the 
baroneft caughtimt^fuddenly by»the araii- 
►Ti^f.'And.i^'ho is iibisliappy rival?", iaid 
flieiaiamenacingtone-; •*'* I wiU know her 
axacy and: wbrn I know it • • . i. J She is 
feme ont in^ my power ; you entreated mj* 
favour, .my protedlion ! Let me but fioji 
hm^ Jwitte biit know whoidares to rob m^ 
ofyoiir heart, rand (he (hxUfuffer eyw^yioc?? 
mdnt which* jealouly . and difappointment 
: ' >:) .;- J can 



« 317 )) 
•caltf infita:i-^''^Ao U-lftttteiAnfwer.me difs 
riionf COT.^ ' Htffi Vpt wl canoeal hepl iroai 
icif -TengWhc^i '^Spi^i-iflviti'^ Tet. ovrf; 

"cd rl^u**^ef*s%itt'dtfe^^ rivaivIQwUl , 

know her ; and when (he is fbihd, tremble, 

A\ph6htl^, ifoif''het;a<4di&r:jiQurfei^'! ■. .\ 

- -'As fhft^dtterc(*^be&'laftflKdFcUi» hbtiafy 

-ittbuAtied b^Albh'^>j)itbhofils (iolflop bbr 

'i^,''afld'iiti<^h'(^imed 8^^ As £he 
Was faffing 1 ciDfeht' htv in fti^'apmsr ^d 

ifd-- tlife^didr^- 1 fdm^^ibii^ btv women 40 k^ 
aiSftance ; I committed her to their caro, 
^1^' 'ft izt^ ifbe'cop^rtunity lif efcapiilg.' 
^' ^Agi(^f9tf^dtft Q(SOn£ui&d* I!feybnd erprell- 
^nj'iPlitem myifirfps^'toYuirds- tbcgardeiL 
{S^&e^'b(/rtigA4cy wkii<w.bibhtibi.£iaLrQi{cis had 
liftened to me at firft, raifed my hopea to 
*lic Mgfteft-pifehVJl Hjagiifsed'ber to hbvc 
•pelroei^ed'my/atJtacfarnent.fDrber nieces aiad 
-Wkjl{y«^ve ctfiicv Hxtrchie w^ :»dii]}' ^diiapv- 
.plrftttflfttfntiit'itndcrflapdihg Mh^U<ue pur^ 



( «8 ) 
port of her difcourfe. I knc\y not. v^t 
courfe to take t the fuperftition of. the pa- 
tients of AgniBs, aided by her aupt*^ unfor- 
tunate paflion, feemed to oppofe fuch 
obflacles tO/ our union a5:were almoft ifi- 
fuimouq table. 

As I pafled by a low parlour, whofc win* 
dows looked into, the garden, ithrough the 
door which ftood . haif open I obferved 
Agnes /eatcd ^t a table, She w^ p^^^upied 
in drftwing^ ^nd fevefal unfiniflied fkctcbci 
were fcattered round her. I entered,, 
ilill updcttermine4 >Hbether I (houid ao- 
qiiaiot her with jthQ.ikrclAratipn of, the bjik 
roneftp : _ :, ,., 

" Oh ! is it only you ? faid thej^ ra^n|; 
her head; 'VYott ^e no ftraijgcrj; aiifl I 
Ihall.cpotinuc my occupatign wkhOuj g^r , 
remcny^. Xake a chair, and fcat,yX>urrQl(t^y 



m^r. 



.1 obeyed, and' pUce4 myfelf near th^ 
table. vUticonfcious what I was dalDg. $iRj^ 
tocaliy occupied, by. the fccne ythK^}^^ , 
juft pafled, I took up fomeof the draiyiilgs, 

and 



and caft nrty eyes over them.- One of the 
fubjecls ftruck .ihc from its fiAg\i!at'itj% It 
rcprefented the great hall o£ the caftle of 
Lindenberg. A door cbridtjfting to a nar- 
row ftair-cafe Hood half open. In the fore* 
ground appeared a group of figures, placed 
in the riibft grotefque aitFtudcs ; termor was 
eipreflbd upon every cdiintenanc^. Here 
was one updn his knees, with his eyes caft 
up cd heavehy and praying nioft devoutly? 
there, another was creeping away upon all 
fours. Some bid their faces in their cloaks, 
or the laps bf their compainions ; fdme had 
cdhcealed ; ihemfelves beneath a table, bn 
which the remnants of a feafl: were vifible; 
irtiiieothers, with gaping mouths and eyes 
widieittretched, pointed to a figure fuppofed 
to Ihav^ crekted this; difturbance. It repne- 
fenred a feitaale of more than hum^n &i^ 
ture, clothed in the habit of fome religious- 
order. '' Her face was veiled ; on her arm 
hung % eliaplet of beads ; her drefs was ia 
fcveraJ pl^es flained with tlie blood whtcb 

trickled 



trickkd from awoundiipon btrfbofem^ 
Ip one. band ffaf:\^]d^[\^pi jn the oxhit 
a.larg^ .kaife, ai^d .(he .(e/^nicd .advancijf>g 
towarjds the iroor gatpsi 9f:,the halU 

. ** What does this-;aiean, Agnes?" faid I; 
V h this fome invention of your owp ?'* 
- Shecf^ft her<pyes wpoio-tbi^idrawing. • 
' iV.Oh I oo,** (hereplie^jtr.f^ *tis the in* 
yeiuioa of much wifer heads than minc» 
But;C?iA you poffibly have lived atLinckx)** 
berg for three whole months without heaiv 
i^gi«4^1tt.WQcding nwA?'*i ; u-^ .-.'roi 
f -M yp^iafe the fir ft whoever rae^ltioned) 
ih^ i}#W«)tgi movnJ?ray> vi^.mn:^!h^yj 

: .^♦iThatcikimoredwan I',4an preiiend .tc^ 
tell;yonj* -All' my fcflovvlcdge :6f lier, JbiftOfy/ 
eofittg: from. aa .old tfttAitibb in this.famiijf^! 
whifchihias.bfeen Kanded^oVn^from'/^l)^ .t<): 
fow,i^nd:isfirtrtly credited thr6*jgbo»t the 
baron^s domains4 JJay^tliciiarah: believes 
ith^bimfetf ? and as; for myi aiinr,;wiio: lias^a 
natural turn for. rhtrmarvcllous, ihc t'oisld- 

i . \ /: . : fooner 



( 2i ) 

fobiier^doubt fhc verkcity of tfe BlBlcthkn 
of rh'e bleeding niriii^ Shall 1 teU yoo thil 
hiftory?" * ' -' ' ■•' ''' ' 

I anf\vcrcci, that (hfe vvoold 'oblige rti6' 
fhueh' by fdaiing it :* file refume4'"her 
drawing, arid then proceeded as' follow^ iil 
a tone of builefqiied gravity : 
' ^^ it is furprifing that in all the chronicles' 
of pad times this remarkable perfonage i% 
never once mentioned. Fain would I. re- 
coiint to you her life ; but unluckily * till 
after her death (he was neyer known to 
have cxifted. Then firff did (he think it* 
necelTary to make fo'rhe noife in the world,' 
and with 'that 'intention (lie made bold' to* 
fejzp upon the caftle of Lindenberg. Hav- 
ing a good tafte, (he took up her abode in 
the beft room of thehciife ; and onceefta* 
bliChed Aere, (lie began to amufe heifelf by 
knockipg ^bout the tables and' chairs in the 
middle of t(ie night. * Pcihaps (he was a 
bad fletper, but this I have never been 
able to a'iceftaini yVccording'to the tradi- 
tion, this enteriainmcnt comuienced about 



a century ago. It was accii^ii^panf^clvvi^h 
fl>rieki,ng, howling, groaning, fwe^ij^og, 
and many other agreeable noifcs,of i\\^ 
facpe kind. But though one paxtjcuJ^r 
room was more efpecially honoured with^ 
her vifits, flie did not entirely confine hei^*- 
felf* to it. She occafionally ventured i/ifCL 
the old galleries, paced up and down th© 
rpacfous halls ; or, fometimes flopping at 
the idoors of the chambers, (he wept ancj 
wailed there to the univerfal terror of the 
inhabitants. In ihcfe no^flurnal excurfions 
(he was' fcen by different people, who all 
dcfcribc her appearance as you behold it 
here traced by the hand of her unworthy 
hlftorian.'^ 

The Angularity of this account infcnfibly 
engaged my attention, 

•*,I)icI flie never fpeak to thofe who m^( 

hfer?^' (liidL '" ^ ; ..' ;; '\ /'^'"l 

' ** Not (he. The fpecimens ipde'ed Y^nichi 
(he gave nightly "of her talents for conyer-*; 
fation, were by no means inviting. Sonie- " 
times the caftle rung with oaths and execra- 

tions : 



(( ^' ) 

tbns t'^H'bfdttenr^e^ (he repeisited her pau 
tcrflofter'j ^tmt Ike hoUdcd om tbif mofi 
horrible 'Bll^fphttniesV aad then cluianteH 
Dc profimdis as or<3erly-a5.if ftill in jbc. 
cho?r. In fhort, (he feemed a mighty ca- 
pricious being : but vvhcther flie prayed or 
cbrfed, t^hether (lie was impious or devout^- 
flie'alWays c6ritrivcd to terrify her auditors 
oat't>f their fenfes. The caftlc became 
{(larceiy habitable ; and its lord was fo 
frightened by thefe midnight revels, that 
one fine morning he was found dead in his 
bed. This fucccfe fcetned topleafe.thenun 
mighrily, fori now fhe'made more noife 
t^an- ever. *But the next bartin proved too 
conning for her;' He made his appearance 
Witt a celebrated exbrcifer in his hand, 
who feared Aot to fhut himfelf up for a 
nVght in ''the ' haunted Chamber, There it- 
feetns tt^at he liald a^hard battle with the 
ghoft bfefere' (he would promife to be quiet. 
She was obftihate, but he was more fo ; and 
at length n^c'confenfed-tp let the inhabi- 
tintS of the* cdftlc * tako 'a* good ntght*s reft* 



(f ^ )) 

ciftfridtaA> Mditboft t)>«;.9jM{|qt.«fifufXrd tja; 
I*^p *btoitl 'i#^jnv: J . H9\v«vef, Ihte ,cW§fi 
rww gro>yn:05iJch m.cjrQfra^ftbfc spd w^Uf, 
bid»»vc<i, ; She, wftil^?.ci,^l)o,ut.iigi^ftififl(;e,q 
apdi#«;y;f P insd^ her; ^pearRnjeei^cyeio^qfj 
i§;§Mfr )mAi 'Tk^. <?»%P?»i J6afVuvy.iil^,be|<j 

ey^Xy 6fi.^ iycfj a^s Ipon .4& tti6.c)ocI^,{lFik|eS|'( 
ofle,. ilfpiAoof, of tlie .hauflitcd ;/5liaa>ber^, 

(h.ut up-fipr, 9igj|.,a,qfptufy,]., Thea^lQ^f.. 

djigger.:, ft^e 4f %nds Hmb ftiiir-cafe of tb^.^ 
eailero to\!ferj apcl cr^o^c^ tbe^ gre^t hall... 
Qn,^hat.niaht,tbernprt«r always kave? tbc 
g^t^5..pf . the .f ^ftl? <^pe,9#^pytj of jifef^>ca:;fo^ 
the ajj;|{^rici9jx; . nof jh^t tljU is lhpugh.t,6Vp, 
aqy means ncc;^irar^^^5nc^,,fl^^jqQuld eafily;^ 
vj'hip tli/pug^lyhe,key-lipje j^fl^cc^ it : • 
but. merely. ^ogfjof polueaqft^. and io prcr^ 
yept hjsr frg^.,a^ajkijpg,hqr,exk In a way,fp^ 

dero- 



(' ^5 ) 
derogatory to the digm?y of hfcr gltofl:-' 
(hip." 

** And whither does flie go on quitting 
thccaftlc?" 

^* To heaven, I hope; but if (he does, 
the place certainly is not to her tafte» for 
(he always returns after an hour's abfence* 
The lady then retires to her chamber, and 
is quiet for another five years.'* 
^** And you believe this, Agnes ?** 
•* How can you afk. fuch a queftion ? No, 
no^ Alphonfo ! I have too much reafon to 
lahient ftiperftition*s influence to be its vic- 
tim myfelf. However, I mud not avow 
my incredulity to the baroriefs : flie enter- 
tains niit a doubt of the truth of this hiftory. 
AsVo danie Cunegonda, my governefs, (he 
prdtefts that fifteen years ago (he faw the 
fp'feftre With her own eyes. She related to 
n^S'bne^ evening, how fhe and feveral other 
doijieriiCs had been terrified while at fup- 
per b^Hhe appearance of the bleeding nun, 
as the ghoft is called in the caftle: 'tis from 
her aCtount that T drew this (ketch, and 

Vot', JL C ^ov\ 



(' 26 ) 

yx)u haay be certain that Cunegonda was not 
omitted. There flie is ! I Ihall never for- 
get what a paflion ll^e was in, and how ugly 
Ihe looked while (lie fcolded me for having 
made her pidure fo like herfelf !" 

<Here (he pointed to a burlcfque figure 
of an old woman in an attitude of terror. 

In fpitcof the melancholy which oppreff- 
ed me, I could not help fmiling at, the 
playful imagination of Agnes : (lie had per- 
feflly preferved dame Cunegonda's refem* 
bianco, but had fo much exaggerated every 
fault, and rendered every feature fo irrcfifti- 
bly laughable, that I could eafily conceive 
the duenna's anger. 

" The figure is admirable, my dear 
Agnes ! I knew not that you poflfefled fuch 
talents for the ridiculous.'' 

^* Stay a moment," (lie replied ; " I will 

fliew you a figure ftill more ridiculous than 

dame Cunegonda's. If it pleafcs. you, 

, you may difpofe of it as feems bcft to your- 

felf." 

She rofe, and went to a cabinet at fomc 

Uitk 



( 87 ) 

little diftancc : Unlocking a'draw^r, (he tool^ 
6ut a fmall cafe, which ihc opened, and 
prcfented to me* 

^* Do you know the refcmbkinee?" faid 
fhe^finiiing. - -: . 

It was biv own. ^ . .. 

Tranfporrted at the gift, I preflcd the 
portrait to my lips with paffien : I threw 
myfelf at her.feeti and ilcclared -my gratis* 
tude^in-the-^wdrmeft and moft aflfedi^riate 
tenths. ^'^She liftened tome withxomplai- 
fanc6, and aflcired me that (he fliared my 
fentiments:; Iwhen fuddeniy (lie uttered a 
loud (hriek,.'-direngag<d jihe^hnnd which. I 
helH/ andi flcw' ftom* the rocw.-by a-door 
whidvopencAto tti^e gardw. -Aniazed^; 
this, abrupt departure, I *f ofe - hafti ly from 
my knees. I beheld with confufion the 
baroocfs ftahding near me, glovtipgiwitli 
jealoofy,' and 'almoft choafcpd \vith ragei 
Oa recovering irbm her fwooh, (he' had 
tortured hcrimaginatibn.to difcover her 
conyreaied rival. No one appeared to de- 
(frve her fufpici(Jns more than Agnes. She 
C 2 imnve- 



( »8 ) 

immediately haftencd to fi«d her niece, tax 
her with encouraging my addrefles,. and 
aflbre herfelf whether her conje6lures were 
well-grounded. Unfortunately (he had al- 
ready feen enough to need no other confir- 
mation. She arrived at the door of the 
room, at the precife moment when Agnes 
gave me her portrait* She heard me pro- 
fefs an everlafting attachment to her rival, 
and faw me kneeling at her feet. ' She ^• 
vanced to feparate us ; we were too much 
occupied by each other to perceive her ap- 
proach, and were not aware of it till Agnes 
beheld her (landing by my (ide» 

Rage- on the part of Donna. Rodolf)ha^ 
embari^aflment on mine, for fome time kept 
lis both filent. The lady recovered heift^f 
firft. 

** M'y fufpicions then were juft,? faidflbe ; 
•• the coquetry of my niece has triumphed, 
and Vis to her that I amfacrjficed.>.i InoQO 
ftfptGt, tfbwever, I am fortunate; l&itli 
not be the only one who laments a* di&p- 
pointcd paffion. You,, too, (hall -know 
^^ i : . what 



what it is to love witiiouthope! I daily ex- 
pe6k orders for reftoring Agnes to her pa- 
rents. Immediately upon her arrival in 
Spain, (lie will take the veil, and place an 
infuperable barrier to your union. You 
may fpare your fupplications." She con- 
tinued, perceiving me on the point of fpeak- 
mg: •* My refolution is fixed and immove^ 
able. Your miftrefs fhall remain a clofe 
prifoner in her chamber, till (he exchanges 
this cadle for the cloifter. Solitude will 
perhaps recall her to a fenfe of her duty. : 
but to prevent your oppofing that wifhed 
fevtotj I muft inform you, Don Alphoiifo, 
tMagt your prefence here is no longer agree- 
aifel© either to the baron or myfelf. It was 
not to talk nonfehfe to my niece, that your 
relations fent you to Germany : yoinr bufi- 
lielsi was to travel, and I (hould be forry to 
soiipide any longer fo excellent a defign. 
-Farewell, Segnor ; remember, tftat to-mor^ 
row i morning we meet for the lad time." 
= Having faid this, Ihe darted upon me a 
look of pride, contempt, and malice, atvd 
C 3 c^\\\^^ 



( 30 ) 
quitted the apartment* I alfo retired to 
mine, andconfumed the night in planning 
the means of refcuing Agnes from the power 
of heir tyrannical aunt. 

After the pofitive declaration of its mif- 
rreft, it was impoffible for me to make a 
longer (lay at the caftle of Lmdenberg. Ac^ 
cordingly, I the next day announced my. 
immediate departure. The baron declared 
that it gave him fincere pain ; and he ex« 
prcffed himftlf m my fervour fo warmly, thai 
I Endeavoured to win him over to my im: 
tefeft. Scarcely had I ttieritioncdthe name of 
Agnes when he flopped me flK>rt, and faid^ : 
that it was totally out of his power to inter- 
fere in the bufinefs. 1 faw that it was itt 
vaii) to argue ; the baronefs governed bcf 
h\i{band with defpotic fway, and I ea(il)r 
perceived that (behad prejudiced himagaibft 
the match, Agnes did not appear. I en* 
treated permiffion to take leave of hcr,-buc 
my prayer was rejeded, I was obliged to 
^part without feeing her. . . : 
At quitting him, the baron (hook my hand 



( 31 ) 
affcdionaiely, and affured me that, as foon 
as hrs niece was goncr> I mighjE confider hip 
honfe as my own. .: 

" Farewell, Don AlphonfoP* faid the 
baronefs^ and (Irecched out her hand to 
me. 

I took it, and offered to carry it to my 
lips. She prevented me. Her hufband 
was at the other end of the room, and out 
of bearing. 

*> Take care of yourfelf," (he contr* 
^cd ; <•' my love is become hatred, an^ 
9iy wounded pride (hall not be unatoned* 
Go where you willy my v^ngeanc^ (h^U 
fii^Uow you V I 

$h$ accompanied thefo words with n 
look'fuiEctent to make me tremble. I. an:) 
jpMr^ ao(, but haftened to quit the c^^\q^ 
^'As^my^chaife drove out of the court, I 
Idoked up to: the windows of your fifter's 
chamber : nobody was to be feen there, t 
threw tnyfelf back defpondent in my car-t 
riag^. .. I was attended by no other fcrvant*: 
than a Frenchman^ whom I had hired> 
' . C 4 ^t 



( 3* ) 

at Strafbourg in Stephano's room, and my 
little page, whom I before mentioned to 
you. The fidelity, intelligence, and good 
temper of Theodore had^already made him 
dear to me ; but he now prepared to lay an 
obligation on me, which made me look 
upon him as a guardian genius. Scarcely 
had we proceeded half a mile from the 
caftle, when he rode up to the chaife door. 
** Take courage, Segnor !** faid he in 
Spanifh, which he had already Ifcarnt* to 
fpeakwiih fluency and corrednefs: ** While 
you were with the baron, I watched the 
moment when dame Cunegonda was below 
flairs, and mounted into the chamber over 
that of donna Agnes. I fang, as loud as I 
could, a litde German air, well known lo 
her, h&ping that (he would recoiled my 
voice. I was not difappoinced, for I foon 
heard her window open. I haftened to let 
dow-n a ftring with which I had provided 
myfclf. Upon hearing the cafement clofcd 
again, I drew up the ftring, and, fafteued 
to iti I found this fcrap of paper. '' 
\ He 



(33 ) 
He then prefehtcd me with a fmall note, 
addreffcd to me. I opened it with impa- 
tience. It contained the following words, 
written in pencil : 

*•- Conceal yourfelf for the next fortnight 
*^ in fome neighbouring village. My aunt 
" will believe you to have quitted Linden- 
^ berg, and I fhall be reftored to liberty. I 
** will be in the weft pavilion at twelve on 
•* the night of the thirtieth. Fail not to be 
" there, and we (hall have an opportunity 
** of concerting our future plans. Adieu. 

'^ AGNES." 

At perufing thefe lines my tranfports ex- 
ceeded all bounds ; neither did I fet any to 
tlie cxpreffions of gratitude which I heaped 
upon Theodore. In fad, his addrefs and 
attention merited my warmeft praife. You 
will ifeadily believe that I had not entrufted 
him with my paflion for Agnes; but the 
arch youth had too much difcernment not 
todifcover my fccret, and too much difcrc- 
C 5 UQii. 



( 34 ) 

tion not to conceal his knowledge of it. He 
obferved in filence what was going on, nov- 
ftrove to make himfelf an agent in the bu- 
linefs till my interefts required his interfe- 
rence. I equally admired hisjudgment, his 
penetration, his addrefs, and his fidelity. 
This was not the firft occafion in which I 
had found him of infinite ufe, and I waS 
every day more convinced of his quicknefs 
and capacity. During my fliort ftay at 
Strafbourg^ he had applied himfelf diligent- 
ly to learning the rudiments of Spanifh. He 
continued to ftudy it, and with fo much 
fuccefs, that he fpoke it with the fame faci- 
lity as his native language. He pafled the 
greateft part of his tinie in reading. He had 
acquired much iriformation for his age; and 
united the advantages of a lively countc* 
nance and prepoflefTmg figure to an excel- 
lent underftanding and the very beft of 
hearts. He is now fifteen. He is flill in my 
fervicc; and, when you feehim,Iamfure tbjt 
he will pleafe you. But excufe this digref- 
iion ; I return to the fubjc<5l which I qujitedL 

I obeyed 



( 35 ) 

I obeyed the inftruftions of Agne«. I 
proceeded to Munich : there I left my 
chaife under the care of JLucas, my French 
fervant, and then returned on horfeback to 
2^' fmall village about four miles diftanc 
from the fcaftle of Lindenberg. Upon ar-* 
riving there, a ftory was related to the hoil, 
atwhofeinn I alighted, which prevented 
bis wondering at my making fo long a ftay 
lit his houfe. The old man, fortunately^ 
was credulous and incurious : he believed 
all I faid, and fought to know no more 
than what I thought proper to tell him. 
Nobody wa^ with me but Theodore : both 
were difguifed ; and as we kept ourfelves 
etofe,- we were not fufpefted to jbe other 
ihito' wiiat we feemed. In this manner the 
fortnight pafled away. During that time 
I had the pleafing cortviftion that' Agnes 
was once more at liberty. She pafled 
^hfotighthe village with dame Cunegonda^ 
flie feemed ia good health and fpirits,ai>d 
talked to her companion without any ap- 
pearanioeof conftraint. 

C 6 . " Who 



( 36 ) 

'** Who are thofc ladies ?" faid 1 to my 
hoft as the carriage paffed. 

** Biron Lindenberg's niece, with her go- 
vernefs,*' he replied : ** (he goes regularly 
every Friday to the convent of St. Catharine, 
in which (lie was brought up, and which is 
fituated about a mile from hence." 

You may be certain that I waited with 
impatience for the enfuing Friday. I again 
beheld my lovely miftrefs. She caft her 
eyes upon me as (he paflTed the inn door. 
A falu(h which overfprcad her cheek told 
me, that in fpite of my difguife I had been 
recognifed. I bowed profoundly. Slie re- 
turned the compliment by a flight inclina- 
tion of the head, as if made to one inferior, 
and looked another way till the carriage 
was out of (ight. 

The long-expefted, long- wiftied -for night 
arrived. It was calm, and the moon was at 
the full. As foon as the clock ft ruck rfeveri 
I haftened to my appointment, determined 
not to be too late. Theodore had provided 
a ladder ; I afcended the garden wall with- 
o out 



( 37 y 

out difficulty. The page followed me, and 
drew the ladder after us. I pofted myfelf 
in the weft pavilion, and waited impatiently 
*fbr the approach of Agnes. Every breeze 
that whifpered, every leaf that fell, I be- 
lieved to be her foot ftep, and haftened to 
meet her. Thus was I obliged to pafs a 
full hour, every minute of which appeared 
to me an age* The caftle bell at length 
tolled twelve, and fcarcely could I believe 
the night to be no farther advanced. An- 
other quarter of an hour elapfed, and I 
heard the light foot of my miftrefs ap- 
proaching the pavilion with precaution. I 
;flew to receive her, and condudtcd her to a 
:fcat. I threw myfelf at her feet, and was 
:. expccffing my joy at feeing her, when (he 
thus interrupted me : 

" We have no time to lofe, Alphonfo : 
:.. the moments are precious; for, though no 
.: more a prifoner, Cunegonda watches my 
;, J every ftep< An exprefs is arrived from my 
. ..father ;: 1 muft depart iniinedjately for Ma- 
.•:drid>.and 'li^. witb difficulty tfcat I. h^y/B. ob- 
tained 



( 38 ) 
tamed a week's delay. The fuperftition of 
my parents, fupported by the reprefenta- 
tions of my cruel aunt, leaves me no hope 
of foftening them to compaflion. In this* 
dilemma, I have refolved to commit my- 
fclf to your honour; God grant that you 
may never give me caufe to repent my rc-^ 
folution I Flight is my only refource from 
the horrors of a convents and my impru- 
dence muft be excufed by the urgency of 
the danger. Now liften to the plan by 
which I hope to effeft my efcape. 

^* We are now at the thirtieth of April, 
On the fifth day from ibis the vifionary 
nun is expeflcd to appear. Jn my laft 
vifit to the convent I provided myfelf with 
a drefs proper for the charader, A friend 
whom I have left there, and to whom I 
made no fcruple to confide my fecret, rea- 
dilyconfentcd to fupply me with a religious 
habit. Provide a carriiage, and be with it 
at a little diftance from the great gate of 
the. caftlc. As foon as ^ the clock ftrike^ 
** one," I fliall quit my chamber, dreffed in 

the 



( 39 ) 
the fame apparel as the ghoft is fuppofed 
to wean Whoever meets me will be too 
touch terrified to oppofe my efcape : 1 fhall 
eafily reach the door, and throw myfelf 
under your protcdion. Thus far fuccefs is 
certain: but, oh ! Alplionfo, (hould you 
deceive me ; fliould you dcfpife my im* 
prudence^ and reward it with ingratitude,, 
the -wcrrld^ wi41 not bold a being more 
wretched than myfclf ! I feel all the dangers 
to which I fliall be expofed. I feel that I am 
giving you a right to treat me with levity : 
but I rety upon your love, upon your ho- 
nour ! The ftep which I am on the point of 
taking will ihcenfc my relations againft me. 
Should you dcfert me ; Qiould you betray 
the truft repofed in ygu, I (hall have no 
friend to punilh your infulr, or fupport my 
caufe. On yourfelfalonereftsall my hope.; 
and if your own heart does not plead in my 
behalf, I am undone for ever !'* 

The tone in which Qieprbnounced thefe 
words was fo touching that, in fpite of my 
joy at receiving her prom ife tofoHoWtne, I 

could 



( 40 ) 

could not help being affeded. I alfo re- 
pined in fecrct at not having taken the pre» 
caution to provide a carriage at the village ; 
in which cafe, I might have carried off 
Agnes that very nights Such an attempt 
was now impradicable ; neither carriage 
nor horfes were to be procured nearer than 
Munich, which was diftant from Linden* 
berg two good days journey. I was there- 
fore obliged to chime in with her plan, 
which, in truth, feemed well arranged. Hei? 
difguife would fecure her from being ftop^' 
ped in quitting the caftle, and would enable 
her to ftep into the carriage at the very 
gate, without difficulty or lofing time. ■' 
Agnes reclined her head mournfully upon 
my flioulder, and, by the light of the moon^ 
I faw tears flowing down her cheek. V 
ftrove to diffipate her melancholy, and^en*-: 
couraged her to look forward to the pro-' 
fpeftof happinefs. I protefted in the moft 
folemn terms fhat hervi.rtu.e and innocence 
would be fafe in my keeping ; and that, till 
the church had made her my lawful wife^ 

her 



( 41 ) 

her hdoour (hould be held by ine as facrcd 
as a filler's. I told her, that my firftcarc 
fliould be to find you out, Lorenzo, and re- 
concile you to our union -, and I was con- 
tinuing to fpeak in the fame drain, when a 
npife without alarmed me. Suddenly the 
dgoF of tl>e pavilion was thrown open, and 
Cunegonda flood before us. She had heard 
Agnes fteal out of her chamber, followed 
her into the garden, and perceived her en- 
tering the pavilion. Favoured by the ivcti 
"which fliad^d it, and unpcrceived by Theo- 
dore, who waited at a little diftance, (hef 
had approached in filence^ and^verheard 
our whole converfation; 

"Admirable!'* cried Cunegonda, in a 
voice flirill with paflion, while Agnes ut- 
tercd a loud (hriek. **^y St. Barbara, 
young lady, you have an excellent inven-i 
tion ! Ypu mud perfonate the bleedings 
nun,, truly ? What impiety! What in-, 
credulity 1 Marry, I have a good mind to. 
let you purfue your plan. When the real 
ghoft met you, I warrant you would be in*il* 

pretty 



C 42 ) 

pretty condition ! Don Alphonfo, you 
ought to be alhamed of yourfelf for fe- 
ducing a- young, ignorant creature to leave 
her family and friends. However, for this 
time, at lead, 1 (hall mar your wicked de- 
figns. The noble lady Qiall be informed 
of the whole affair, and Agnes muft defer 
playing the fpedre till a better opportunity* 
Farewell, Segnor. — Donna Agnes, let me 
have the honour of conducing your ghoft* 
fliip back to your apartment/*' 

She approacl^ed the fopha on which her 
trembling pupil wa^ feated, took her by 
the handj^d prepared to lead her froi» 
the pavilion. 

I detained her, and flrovc by entreaties, 
foothing, promifesj, and flattery, to win her 
to niy party; bin, finding all that I couI4 
fay of no av^iU ^ abandonied the vain at^ 
tempt. 

" Your obftinacy muft be its own pu« 
nifliment," faid I ; *^ but one refource re^ 
mains to fave Agnes and myfelf, and Khali 
uot hefuate to employ it.** 

Terrified 



{ 43 ) 
T^rjfied at this menace, (he ajgain en* 
deavoured to quit the pavilion ; but J 
icized, her by the wrifl, and detained her 
forcibly. At the fame moment Theodore, 
who had followed her into the room, clofed 
the.door, and prevented her efcape. I took 
the veil of Agnes ; I threw it round the 
duenna's head, who uttered fuch piercing 
ihrieks that, in fpite of our diftance from the 
cattle, I dreaded their being heard. At 
length I fucceeded in gagging her fo com- 
pletcly, that fhe couid not produce a fingle 
found. . Theodore and myfelf, with fome 
difficulty, next contrived to bind her hands 
and feet with our handkerchiefs ; and I ad- 
vifed Agnes to regain her chamber with all 
diligence. I. promifed that no harm (hould 
happen to Cun^onda ; bade her remember 
that, on the fifth of May, I (hould be in 
waiting at the great gate of the caftle, and 
took of her an afftftionate facewelj. Trem- 
bling and uneaf)^., Ihe had fcarce power 
enough to fignify her.confent to my plans, 

and 



( 44 ) 
and fled back to her apartment in diforder 
and confafion. 

In the mean while Theodor^e affifted oft 
in carrying off my antiquated prize. She 
XV2LS hoifted over the wall, placed before mc 
t>pon my horfe, Hke a portmanteau, and i 
galloped away with her from <he cafHe of 
Lmdcnberg. The unlucky duenna neverliad 
made a more difagreeable journey in her 
life. She was jolted and (faaken till (fae^« 
become little more than an ammated muoch 
my ; not to mention her fright^ when' wc 
waded through a fmall river, through, whidh 
it was neceflary to pafs in order to regain 
the village. Before we ireached the inn, I 
had already determined how to difpofe of 
the troublefome Cunegonda. . Wc entered 
the ftreet in which the inn ftood ; and 
while the page knocked, I waited.at a little 
diftance« The landlord opened the <loor 
with a lamp in his hand. o' 

** Give me the light,** faid Theodora 
** my maftcr is coming." 

He 



( 45 ) 

• He fnatched the lamp haftily, and piir- 
pofely let it fall upon the ground. ' The 
landlord returned to the kitchen to re*llght 
the latnp, leaving the door open. I profited 
by the obfcurity, fprang from my.horfe 
with Cunegouda in my arms, darted up 
ilairs, reached my chamber unperceived, 
andjUnlocking the door of a fpacious clofct, 
Aowed her within it, and then turned the 
key. The landlord and Theodore foon 
after appeared with lights : the former ex- 
prefied hitnfelf furprifed at my returning 
JSo lat^, but aiked no impertinent queftions. 
He foon quitted the room, and left me to 
exult ia the fucccfs of my undertaking, 

: I inamediately paid a viCt to my prifoner* 

ti ftrore to perfuade her fubmitting with pa- 

lli€ncc:to her temporary confinement. My 

tauempt was unfuccefsful. Unable to fpeak 

:-or raove, Ihc expreffed her fury by her 

ilooks ; arid, except at meals, I never dared 

to unbind her, or releafe her from the gag. 

At^fucb .times I ftood over her with a drawn 

fword, and protefted that, if (he uttered a 

\ fingle 



( 46 ) 
(ingle cry, I ^^ould plunge it in her bofoin. 
As foon as (he had done eating, the gsig 
was replaced. I was confcious that this 
proceeding was cruel, and could only be 
juftified by the urgency of circumftances.^ 
As to Theodore, he had no fcruplcs upion 
the fubjeft. Cunegonda's captivity enter* 
tained him beyond meafure. During his 
abode in the caftle, a continual warfare had- 
been carried on between him and the du* 
enna ; and, now that he found his enemy 
fo abfolutely in his power, he triumphed 
without mercy : he feemed to think of no- 
thing but hosv to find out new means of 
plaguing her. Sometimes he afFeded to pity 
her misfortune, then laughed at, abufed, and 
mimicked her : he played her a thoufand 
tricks, each more provoking than the other ; 
and amufed himfelf by telling her, that Her 
elopement muft have occafioned much {ivr^ 
prife at the baron's. This was in fad the 
cafe. No one, except Agnes, could imaging 
what was become of dame Cunegonda 
Every hole and corner was fearched for hen 
7 the 



( 47 ) 
the ponds were dragged, and the woods 
underwent a thorough examination. Still 
no dame Cunegonda made her appearance. 
Agnes kept the fecrer, and I kept the du- 
enna : the baronefs, therefore, remained in 
total ignorance refpefting the old woman's 
fate, but fufpeded her to have perifhed by 
fuicide.. Thus paiFcd away five days, during 
which I had prcpaied every thing neceflary 
for my enterprife. On quitting Agnes, I 
had rnade it my-.firfl: bufintfs to difpatch a 
peafant with a letter to Lucas, at Munich, 
ordering him to take care that a coach and 
four fhould arrive about ten o'clock on the 
fifth of May at the village of Rofenwald. 
He obeyed my inftruAions pundually ; the 
equipage arrived at the time appointed. As 
the period of her lady's elop'ement drew 
nearer, Cunegonda's rage increafed. I ve- 
rily believe, that fpice and paflion would 
haye killed her, had I not luckiiy difcovered 
her prepoffeffion in favour of cherry-brandy. 
With this favourite liquor the was plenti- 
fully fupplicd, andj' Theodore always re- 



"^ ■ ' mammg 



/ 



C 48 ) 

niaining to guard her, the gag was occa- 
fxonally removed. The liquor feemed to 
have a wonderful efFeft in foftening the 
acrimony of her nature'; and her confine- 
ment not admitting of any other amufe- 
ment, flie got drunk regularly once a-day, 
juft. by way of pafling the time. 

The fifth of May arrived, a period by me 
never tobe forgotten! Beforetheclockflruck 
. twelve,! betook my felf to the fcene of ac- 
tion. Theodore followed me on horfeback, 
1 concealed the carriage in a fpacious cavern 
of the hill on whofe brow the caftle was fitu- 
ated. Thiscavern was of confiderabk depth, 
and, among the peafants, was known by the 
name of Lindenberg Hole. The night was 
calm and beautiful : the moon-beams fell 
upon the antient towers of the caftle, and 
fhed upon their fummits a filver light. All 
was ftill around me : nothing was to be 
heard exceptriienight-breezefighing among 
the leaves, the diftant barking of village 
dogs, or the owl wlaohad eftabliflied herfelf 
in a nook of the defeii^d eaftern turret. I 

heard 




( 49 ) 
heard her melancholy fluitk, and looked 
*nnw.ards: (he fat upon the ridge of a win- 
dow, which I re-cognLzcd to be that of the 
haimtcd room. . This brought to my re- 
•tnenjbrance the'ftory of the bleeding nun, 
and I fighed while t refleded on the influ- 
ence of fu perdition, and weaknefs of human 
reafon. Suddenly I heard a faint chorus 
fteal upon the filence of the night* 

*' What can occafion that noife, Theo- 
dore ?'^ 

** A ftranger of didinftion,'' replied he, 
** pafled through the village to- day in his 
way to the caftle : he is reported to be the 
father of Donna Agnes. Doubtlefs the 
baron has given an entertainment to cele- 
brate iiis arrival.'* 

The caflle bell announced the hour of 
midnight. This was the ufual fignal for 
. the family to retire to bed* Soon after I 
perceived lights inihecadle, moving back- 
wards and forwards in different direftions. 
I conjeflured tiie company to be fcparating. 
;, i could hear the heavy doors grate as they 
K.. Vol. 11. ' ' " D * opened 



( 50 ) 

opened with difficulty ; and is they clofcd 
again, the rotten cafements rattled in their 
frames. The chamber of Agnes was on the 
other fide of the caftlc, I trembled left (he 
ftiouldhavefailed in obtaining the key of the 
haunted room. Through this it was neccf- 
fary for her to pafs, in order to reach the nar- 
row ftair-cafc by which the ghoft was fup- 
pofed to defcend into the great hall. Ab- 
lated by this apprehenfion, I kept my eyes 
conftantly fixed upon the window, where I 
hoped t9 perceive the friendly glare of a lamp 
borne by Agnes. I now heard the mafly 
gates unbarred. By the candle in his hafid, 
I diftinguiflied old Conrad, the porter. He 
fet the porcal doors wide open, and retired. 
The lights in the caftle gradually di(kj>- 
peared, and at length the whole building 
was wrapt in darknefs. 

While I fat upon a broken ridge of *Ac 
hill, the ftillnefs of the fcene infpircd me 
with melancholy ideas not altogether dn* 
pleafing. The caftle, which flood full in 
my fight, - formed ah' ob]ed equally awful 

' and 



( 5» ) 

' and.pidureique. Its ponderous wallsj tinged 
by the moon wkh folemn brightnefs ; its 
old and partly ruined towers, lifting them- 
felyes into the clouds^ and feeming to 

. frown on the plains around them; its 
: lofty battlements, overgrown with ivy, and 
4biding.gates9 expanding in honour of the 
. vifipnary inhabitant, made me fenfible of a 
fad and reverential horror. Yet did not 
thcfe fenfations occupy me fo fully as to 

. .prevent mc from witneffing with impatience 

-. <hc .flow progrefs of time. I approached 
ihe caftle, and ven;tured to walk round it. 
jA. few rays of light ftill glimmered in the 
jChamber of Agnes. I obferved them with 
joy» : I .wasflill gazing upon them, when I 
(P<;rceived a figure draw near the window, 

rj5|iid the curtain was carefully clofed to con* 
ccal the lamp which burned there. Con- 

..jvinced I^ this obfervation that Agnes had 

.:^c a.baadoned our plan, I returned with a 

.light hc;art to my former (tation. 

The half-hour ftmck ! The three-quar- 
ters ftruck! jyiy bofom beat high w]th 
Da hope 



( 5^ 
hope and expectation. At length, the 
wiflied-for found was heard. The bell tolled 
^* one," and the manfion echoed wiih the 
noife loud and folemn. I looked up to the 
cafement of the haunted chamber. Scarcely 
had five minutes elapfed when theexpeded 
light appeared. I was now clo'fe to the 
tower. The window was nor fo far from 
the ground, but that I fancied I perceived a 
female figure wiih a lamp in her hand 
moving flowly along ti.e apartment. The 
light foon faded away, and all was again 
dark and gloomy. 

Occafional gleams of btightnefs darted 
from the ftaircafe windows as the lovely 
'ghbft palled by them. 1 traced the ligtit 
through the Hall : it reached the portal, and 
at length I beheld Agnes pafs through the 
folding gates. She was habited exactly as 
fhe had defcribed the fpeftre. A chaplct 
of beads hung upon her arrn ^ her head was 
enveloped in a long white veil ; her nim'-s 
drefe was ftained with blood ; and (he had 
'taken care to provide herfelf with a lamp 

and 



flnd dagger. She advanced towards the 
fpot wherclftood. I flew to meet her, and 
clafped her ia my arms. 

" .^^es !" fuid I, while I preffed her to 
my bofom, 

** Agnes! Agnes ! thou art mine! 
>^ Agnes ! A-gnes ! I am thine 1 
-. ** In my veins while blood; (hall roll,.* 
. •• Thou art mine ! 
•« I am thine I 
•» Thine my body ! thine my foul !*' 

Terrified and breathlefs, (lie was unable 
to fpeak. She dropped her lamp and dag- 
ger»^and funk upon my bofom in filence. I 
raifcd her in my arms, and conveyed her to 
.tbc carriage. Theodore remained behind in 
or.dcr to releafe dame Cunegonda. I alfo 
cjha^ged him with a letter to the baroncfs, 
explaining the whole affair, and entreating 
lier good offices in reconciling Don Gallon 
to my union with his daughter. Idifcovered 
to her my real nan^e. I proved to her that 
my birth and expedations juftified my pre- 
tending to her niece ; and affured her, 
D 3 though 



e 54 ) 

though it was out of my power to return her 
love, that I would ftrive unceafingly to ob- 
tain her eft'eem and friendfliip. 

I ftcppcd kito the carriage, where Agnes 
was already feated. Theodore cloftd the: 
door, and the poflillions drove away. Af 
firft 1 was delighted with thft rapidity 
of our progrefs ; but as fooit as we fn^ete- 
in no danger of purfuit, I called tt^ the 
drivers, and bade them moderate their pace* * ■ 
They drove in vain to obey me ; the horlei ' 
rcfufcd to anfwer therein, and cont1mied'tto*> 
rufh on with aftonifliing fwiftnefs. ThW 
poftillions redoubled their efforts to flopi? 
them ; bur, by kicking and plunging, tb*'- 
bcafts foon releafcd tbemfchres fn>m tfits^^^ 
reflraint. Uttering a loud (hriek, the dti-^"^ 
vers were hulled upon the ground. ImfWii' 
diately tfhick douds obfcured the fty : the 
winds howled around us, the Kghtoing 
flalhed, and the thunder roared trcnien* ' 
doufly. Never did I behold fo frighifilhF a ' 
temped ! Terrified by rhe jar of cdntending * 
elements, the horfes feemcd every moment * 

to. 



i 5S: y 

tDincreafethcuJpced. Nothing^cpiuld irv* 
cerrupt their. career ; they dragged the car* 
riage through hedges^ and ditchesj dafhed 
dqwxk ^ the mofl^ dangerous precipices^ and 
femne^ to vie ia fwiftnefs with the rapidity 
efthe wind^ 

.iVU,,thii while my companion lay mo- 
ti^iilfar^iA^myafms. Truly alarmed by the 
nw^kude o£.chc dajnger» I was in vain at- 
teai{!itiiig .CO recall her to her^enfes^ when a . 
lc|]^-cfa(b apc^ounced that a flop was put to 
o^r^ p!j|P<;gR|($ in the moft difagreeable man^ ^ 
nfff The carnage was (hattered to pieces^ 
Iq..£l^i^, I (truck my temple againfl a 
fli|ttf T]be pfia of the wound, the violence 
of^tbc flioick, and apprehenfion for the fafety 
o£ >\gnc?, cjofi^bined to overpower me fo 
coxDpl^Jplyi ;bat ray fenfes forfbok me, and 
I lay without animation on the ground, 

I. probably remained for fome time in 
this fituation, fmce, when I opened my eyes, 
it .U5a$^ broad day-light. Several peafants 
wer« (landing -round me, and feemed dif- 
putjng whejher my recovery was poffible. I 
D 4 fpoke 



( 56 ) 

fpoke German tolerably well. As foon 
as I could utter an articulate found, I eir- 
quired after Agnes. What was my farprife 
and diftrefs, when afliired by the peafants 
that nobody had been fcen anfwering the 
defcription which I gave of her ! They 
told me, that in going to their. daify labour 
they had been alarmed by obferving the 
fragments of my carriage, and by hearing ' 
the groans of an horfe, the only one of the 
four which remained alive : the other three 
lay dead by my fide. Nobody^was^netlt-iiie 
when they came up, and much tinfe had 
been loft before they fucceeded in recoi" 
vcring me, Uneafy beyond fexpreffion nif- '■ 
fpefting the fate of my companion, I b6- ' 
fought the peafants to difperfe themfelves 
in fearch of her. I defcribed her drefs, arifd 
promifed immenfe. rewards to wKoevet 
brought me any intelligence^ As for my- 
felf, it was impoffible for me to join in the 
purfuit ; I had broken two of my ribs in the 
fall ; my arm being diflocared hiing ufelefs 
by my fide; and my* left leg was fliat- 

tered 



( 57 ) 

tcrcd fo terribly, that 1 never expeded to 
recover its ufe. . 

The peafants complied with my requeft; 
all left me except four, who made a liiter of 
boughs, and prepared to convey me. to the 
neighbouring town. I enquired its name ; 
it proved to be Ratifbon, and I could 
fcarcely perfuade myfelf that I had travelled 
to fuch a diftance in a fingle night. I told 
the countrymen, that at one o'clock that 
morning I had pafled through the village 
of Rofenwald, They fliook their heads 
^yiftfully,.and madefignsto each other that 
I muft certainly be delirious. I was coa. 
.veyed to a decent inn,, and immediately 
put to bed. A phyfician was fent for, who 
fee my arm with fuccefs : he then examine^ 
my other hurts, and told me. that I need bf^ 
under no apprehenfion of the confequences .^ 
of any of them, but ordered me to keep 
niyfelf quiet, and be prepared for a ted.ous 
and painful cure. I anfwered him, chat if 
he hoped to keep me quiet, he mud firft 
endeavour to procure me fome news of a 
D5 "lady 



( 5^ y 

lady who had quitted Rofenwald in my 
company the night before, and had been 
ivith me at the moment when the coach 
broke down. He fmiled, and only replied 
by advifing me to make myfelf eafy, for that 
all proper care fliould be taken of mev As 
lie quitted me, the hoftefs met hkn at the 
door of the room. 

" The gentleman is not quite in his rJght 
fenfes,'* I heard him iay to her in a lo\r 
voice ; " 'tis the natural confcquence of hii' 
fall, but that will foon be over.** 

One after another the peafarit^ returned: 
to the inn^ and informed me that no traces' 
had been difcovered of my unfortuna»' 
miftrefs. Uneafinefs now became defpair.' 
I entreated them to renew their fearcth Iri 
the moft urgent terms, doubling the prd- 
mifes which I had already made themt 
My wild and frailtic manner confirmed 
the by-ftanders in the idea of my being 
delirious. No figns of the lady having ap- 
peared, they believed her to be a creature 
fabricated by my over-heated brain, and 

9 .^id 



( 59 ) 

pai4 no attention to my entreaties. How- 
ever, the hoftefs aiTured me, that a frelh en- ^ 
quiry (hould be made; but I found after- 
wards that her promife was only given to 
quiet me. No further fteps were taken in; 
the bulinefs. 

Though my baggage was left at MunicK 
under the care of my French fervant, hav- 
ing prepared myfelf for a long journey, my' 
purfe was amply furnifhed: befidcs, my 
equipagQ proved me to be of diftinftioni' 
and in confequence all poffible attention 
was paid me at the inn. The day pafled' 
away : ftill no news arrived of Agnes. The 
anxiety of fear now gave place to -cfefpbn- 
dency. 1 ceafed to rave about her, aSicl was 
plunged in the depth of melancholy reflec- 
tions. iPerceiving ms to be filent and tran- 
quil, my attendants believed my deTiriurh 
to have abated, and that my malady had 
taken a favourable turn. According t6 

^'le phyfician's order, I fwallowed a com- 

■'-•*'.■■ - . . • . 

pofing medicine -, and as foon as the night 

D 6 fhut 



(66- y 

(hut-in^my attendants withdrew, and left 
me to. Fepofe. 

That repofe I wooed in vain. The agi- 
tation of my bofum chafed away ileep. 
Reftlefs in my mind, in fpite of the fatigue 
of my body, I continued to^tofs about from 
fide to fide, tiJl the clock in a neighbouring 
fteeple ftruck ^^ one.!*^ . As I liftened to the 
mournful hollow found, and heard it die 
away in the wind, I felt a liidden chillnefs 
fpread itfelf over my body. Ifliuddered 
without knowing wherefore 5 cold dews 
poured dpyvn my forehead* and my hair 
ftood tjriflliag with alarm. Suddenly I 
Heard-JQlow and heavy fteps afcending the 
flair-cafe. By^n involuntary movement I 
ftarted up in my bed, and drew back the 
curtain. , A fingle rufh-Iight,. which glim- 
iijfeered upon the hearth, fhed a faint gleam 
dhrough the apartment, which was liting 
with tapeftry. The door was thrown opeo 
with viole^ice. A. figure entered, and drew 
jiear my bed with folemn meafured- fteps. 

With 



C 61 ) 

With trembling apprehenfion I examined' 
this midnight vifitor. God Almighty ! it" 
was the bleeding nun!' It was my loft com- 
panion ! Her face was ftiJl veiled, but Qie 
no longer held her lamp and dagger. She 
lifted up her veil flowly. What a fight 
prcfcnted itfelf to my ftartled eyes ! I be- 
• field before me an animated corfe. Her 
countenance was long and haggard ; he? 
cheeks and lips were bloodlefs ; the pale- 
> nefs of death was fpread over her features; 
and her eye-balls, fixed ftedfaftly upon me^ 
were luftrelefs and hollow. 

I gazed upon the fpedtre with horror too 
great to be defcribed. My blood was 
frozen in my veins, I would have called 
■for aid, but the found expired ere it could 
pafs my lips. My nerves were bound up in 
impotence, and I remained in the fame at- 
titude inanimate as a ftntue. 

The vifionary nun looked upon me for 
fome minutes in fiknce : there was fome- 
ihrng petrifying in her regard. At length, 

in 



( 6> ) 

hi a. low fepulchral voice, fhe pronounced 
the following words : 

•* Raymond! Raymond I Thou art mine!'- 
^ ** Raymond ! Raymond ! I am thine I 
** In thy veins while blood fllaU roll, 
•* I am thine ! 
•♦ Thou art mine { 
^* Mine thy body ! Mine thy foul I". 

]&eathkfs w^^h fear, I lillened while (hf 
repeated my owiji expreflions. The appar 
ricton {bated herfelf oppoiite to me at the 
foot of the bed, and was filent. Her eyes 
were fixed carncflly upon mine : they feem-* 
cd endowed with the property of the rattle-. 
fnake's, for I ftrove in vain to look off her^ 
My eyes were fafcinated, and I had not the 
power of withdrawing them from the 
fpe Are's. 

In this attitude (he remained for a whole 
iQng hour without fpeaking or mpving; 
nor was I able to do either. At length tb^. 
clock ftruck two. The apparition rofc 
from her feat^ and approached the ficle ojf 
||ir bed. 5he grafped with her icy fingers 
••'■'•'- my 



my band, which hung lifelefs upon rhe co». 
vert u re, and, preffing her cold lips to mine^ 
again repeated, 

^ Raymond t Raymond ! Thou art mine t 

** Raymond I Raymond ! I am thine I** &c.r— * 

She then dropped my hand^ quitted the 
chamber with flow fteps, and the door 
clbfed after her. Till that moment the 
faculties of my body had been all fufpend- 
cd; thofc of my mind had alone been wak- 
ing. The charm now ceafed to operate ; 
the blood which had been frozen in my 
vwns ruflicd back to my heart with vio- 
lence ; I uttered a deep groan^ and funk 
Ufclefs upon my pillow. 

The adjoining room was only feparated 
from mine by a thin partition ; it was occu- 
pied by the hoft and his wife : the former 
was roufed by my groan, and immediately 
Kaftened to my chamber ; the hoftefs foon 
ftdlowed him. With fome difficuity they 
liicceeded in reftoring me to my fenfes, 
andi immediately fent for the phyfician,; 
who arrived in all diligence. He declared 



< 64 T 

.Illy fever to be very much increafed, and 
tliat, if I continued to fuffer fuch violent agi- 
tation, he would not take upon him to en- 
fure my life. Some meuicines which he 
gave me, in fome degree tranquillized my 
fpirits. I fell into a fort of flumber towards 
day- break, but fearful dreams prevented me 
from deriving any benefit from my repofe. 
Agnes and the bleeding nun prefented 
themfelves by turns to my fancy, and com- 
bined to harafs and torment me. I awoke 
fatigued and unrefrefli^d. My fever feein- 
cd rathec a^igmented than diminifhed ; the 
agitation of my mind impeded my fraftured 
bones from knitting: I had frequent faint- 
ing fits, and during the whole day the phy- 
fician judged it expedient not to quit me 
for two hours together. 

The Angularity of my adventure made 
me determine to conceal it from every one, 
finc^ I could not exped that a circumftance 
fo ftrange (hould gain credit. I was very 
uneafy about Agnes. . I knew not what ilie 
would thiak at not finding me at the ren- 
dezvous. 



( 65 ) 

dezvous, and dreaded her cntertainirrg 
fufpicions of my fidelity. However, I de- 
pended upon Tlieodore*s difcretion, and 
tmfted that my letter to the baronefs 
would convince her of the rcftitude of my 
inTentions. Thefe confiderations fomewhat 
lightened my inquietude upon her account j 
b6t the impr^ffion left upon my mind by 
my nofturnal vifitor grew ftronger with 
evtjry fuccecding moment. The night drew 
near; I dreaded its arrival j yet I drove to- 
pifrfuade trtyiblf that the ghofl would ap* 
pear no morCi and at all events I defired - 
that a ftrvant might fit up in tliy chamber. 
The fatigue of my body, from not hav- 
ing ifept on the former night, co-operating 
with the ftrong opiates adminiftercd to me 
in profufion, at length procured me that 
r^pofe of which I was fo much in need. I 
funk into a profound and tranquil flumber, 
and had already flept for fome hours, when 
the neighbouring clock roufed me by 
ftriking *^ one." Its found brought with 
it to my memory all the horrors of the night: 



(65 y 

before. The lame cold (hivcriag (brzed 
me^ I ftarted up in my bed, and perceived* ; 
the fervant fail afleep in an arm-chair 
near me. I called him by his name.: he* 
made no anfwer. I (hook him forcibly^ 
by the arm, and drove in vain to wake- 
Iiim : be was . perfeflfy infenfible (a m^ 
e0Qrts# I now fae^d the heavy (^rpa* - 
afcending the Aiftir-cafe; the door w«^: 
ibrown open^ and agatti the bleeding nun* 
(tood before mcp Once more my limb»: 
ware cbftmed jnXccond ipfime]f(i-o{)ce mpre>. 
I |irwrdtt|o& fatal words repeated;. 

^ Rajnamid I • Raynumd i TStoii^^wrtviutt 
^i Raymond t Rayaumit I.an^,thi9iii'' ft^--^. 

l>he Asftie wbkh bad (hocked me fo^ 
fbniibly oi| tiie former nigbt», was again pre^ 
fome^ The fp^re again preifed her lip^^ . 
tQ mine> again touched me with her roti» 
ti/Tg fingers^ an4» as on her firft appearance^ 
quitted the ch^mt^r as (bon as the clock 
told « two."^ 

Every nigbt- was^ this repeajted^ Far 
firpm growing accuftgn^ed to the ghofli 

every 



C «7 ) 

every fuccetding Tifit mfpired me wicEe:' 
gteater horror* Her idfca purfucd me con* 
tinuatly^ and I became the prey of habitual, 
melancholy. The coaftant agitation of my 
mind oaturaUy retarded the re^eftablUh'^ 
ment oi my health* Several months. 
elapitd before I was able to quit my bed; 
and wbeo> at kngthj t was moved to a fo- 
phorl wulb faint, fpiridefs, andemaciated^ 
that I could not crofs the room without 
alBftancew Thelooks o£ my attendants ru& 
£ciently denoted the little hope which they 
entertained o£mytecovery« The profound 
fadnefs which opprefled; me without remii^ 
fion^ made the phyfician conHder que to be 
acnhypochandria& The cauTe .o£|.my di(^ 
trefi I carefully concealed in my cwa bo- 
fomiy for I knew that, no one.could give me 
reliefs The ghoft was not even viHblc to 
any eye but mine^ I had frequently c^ufed 
attendants.to (it up in my room;, but the 
moment that the clock ftnick " onei'* ir- 
refiftible dumber fcized them^ nor left 
ihem tiU the departure of the ghojQ:. 



You may be furprifed ihlt during this- 
time I made no enquiries after your fifter*. 
Theodore, who with difEculty had difco- 
vcred my abode, had quieted my apprc- • 
henfions for her fafety; at the fame time 
hae convinced me, that all attempts to re- 
Icafe her from captivity mull be fruitl.efs, 
ti4l I (hould be in a condition to return to 
Spain. The particulars of her adventure^ 
which I (hall now relate to you, were partly 
communicated to me by Theodore, and 
partly by Agnes herfelf.. . . 

' On the fatal night when her elopement 
was to have taken place^ accident bad not 
permitted her to quit'her chamber at the 
appointed, time. At length (he ventured 
into the haunted room, defcended the ftair- 
cafe leading into the hall, found the gate» 
apen as (be expeded, and left the caftle 
unobferved. What was her furprife at not 
finding me ready to receive her ! She ex- 
atiiined the cavern, ranged through every 
alley of the.neighbouring wood, and pafled 
two full hours in tliis fruitlefs enquiry. She 

. . could 



( «9 ) 

•could difcover no traces either of me or of 
the carriage. Alarmed and difappointed, 
her only refource was to return to the caftle 
before the baronefs miffed her; but here 
(he found berfelf in a frefli embarraffmenr. 
Ttie bell had already tolled ** two/' the 
ghoftly hour was part, and the careful por- 
ter had locked the folding gates. After 
much irrefohition, (he' ventured to knock 
foftl}^ Luckily for her, Conrad was ftill 
awake: he^heard the noife, and rofe, mur- 
muring at being called up a fccond time. 
No fooner had he opened one of the door?, 
and beheld the fuppofed apparition wait- 
ing there for admittance, than he uttered a 
loud'cry^ and funk upon his knees. Agnis 
profited by his terror: fhe glided by him, 
/flew to her own apartment, and, havirig 
thrown off her fpedlre's trappings^ retired 
to bed, endeavouring in vain to account 
for my difappearing. 

In tloe mean while, Theodore, having 
ktn my carriage drive off with the flufe 
Agnes, rctofncd joyfully to the village. 
•■ The 



( 70 ^) 

-The next morning he relcafed Cunegonda 
from her confinement, and accompanied 
her to the cattle. There he found the 
baron, his lady, and Don Gafton^ difput* 
ing together upon the porter's reiatiob. 
All of them agreed in believing the exift- 
cnce of fpedtres; but the latter contended, 
that for a ghoil to knock for admittance 
was a proceeding till then unwitnefled, and 
totally incompatible with the immaterial 
nature of a fpirir. They were ftiH difcuf- 
ling the fubjeft, when the page appeared 
with Cunegonda, and cleared up the myf- 
tery. On hearing his depolition, it was 
agreed unanimoufly, that the Agnes whom 
Theodore had feen ftep- into my carriage 
muO: have been the bleeding nun, and that 
the ghott who had terrified Conrad was no 
other than Don Gafton's daughter. 

The firft furprife which this difcovcry 
occafioned being over, the baronefs re- 
folved to make it of ufc in pcrfuading her 
niece to take the veil. Fearing led. fo ad- 
vantageous an eftablifliment for his^dai^h- 

ter 



( 7» ) 

<er (hould induce Don Gafton to renounce 
his refolution, flie fuppreffcd my letter, 
iand continued to reprefent me as a needy 
tinkiiown adventurer* A childilh vanity had 
led me to conceal my real name even from 
my miftrcfs ; 2 wi(hed to be Ipyed for my- 
^elf^ not for being the Ton and heir of the 
«marquii de las Cifternas. The confc- 
quence was, that my rank was known to no 
H>ne in the x:aftle except the baronefs, and 
(he took good care to confine the know^* 
dedge ico her own bread. Don Gafton 
foaving' approved his iiiler's deiign, Agnes 
twasTummoned to appear before them« She 
"waa taxed with having meditated an elope* 
-ment, obliged to make a full confeflion, 
.and was amazed at the gentlencfs with 
i which it ^as received: but what. was her 
afflkftion, when informed that the failure 
.of berpr^^ei^t muft be attribiited to, me! 
^uai^gpnda, tutored by the baronefs, told 
*her, tlwt when I releafcd her I had defired 
her tor inform her lady that our connexion 
was at an cnd^ that the whple affair was oc- 



( 72 ) 

cafiorted by a falfe report, ami that it by no 
mieahs fiiited my circumftanccs to marry a 
womaa without fortur>c or expectations. . ' 
To this account my fudden difappeariDg 
gave but too great an air of probability. 
Theodore, who could have contrftdi(9:ed 
the ftory, by Donna Rodolpha^s order was 
kept out of her fight. What proved a ftill 
greater confirmation of my being an imi}ot 
t5r, was the arrival of a letter from yourpfelf, 
fleclarifig that you had no foit of acquaint 
ancc with' Alphonfo d^Alvarada, Theft 
feemirtg proofis of my perfidy, aided by- tl>t 
artful' infinuations of her aunt, by Cui^e- 
gonda's fl:ittc:ry, and her ftther's^thriBats'-and 
anger, entirely conquered your fifter's nef-* 
pugnance to a convent.' Inccnfed at'tiiy 
behaviour* anddifgufted with ^he wdrtd-in 
general, (he Gonfented rto'^'cceive'the vtih 
She paffed anot4ie?r r»6nth at the caftle 0f 
Lindenberg, di>riftg which my non-sippesCr- 
ance confirmed b^in hdr nefolution, and 
then accompanied Don Gdftoa intOfSpain^ 
Theodca«e was'DOWi'fa ^llt•.Jifce^3J<• * He 

haftencd 



( 73 ) 

haflcned to Munich, where I had promifed 
to let him hear from me ; but finding from 
Lucas thai 1 never arrived there, he pur- 
fued his fearch with indefatigable perfe^* 
vcrance, and at length fucceeded in rejoin- 
ing me at Ratifbon. 

So much was i altered, chat fcarcely 
could he rccollfea my features : the diftrefs 
vifible upon his, fufficiently teftified how 
lively WAS the intcreft which he felt for me. 
The fociety of this an>iab]e boy, wlwnf^ I 
bad always coniidered rather as a compa* 
&ion than a fervant, was now my only com- 
fort* His converfation was gay, yet fen- 
fible^ and his obfervation^ (hrewd and en- 
certainiag. He had picked tip much more 
knowledge than is ufual at his age ; but what 
rendered him moft agreeable to me, was his 
liaving a delightful voice, and no mean 
ikil.l in mufic. He had alfo acquired fome 
tafte ifl poetry, and even ventured occa- 
£onally to ; write yerfes himfelf. He fre- 
quently ^mipofed iitcle ballads in Spanifh, 
Hts compofitions were but indifferent, I 
muft confefs^ yet they were pleafing to me 

Vot.ll. E ii^vcv 



( 74 ) 

from. their novelty;, and hearing him fing 
them to his guitar was the only amufecnenc 
which I was capable of receiving. Theo- 
dore perceived well enough- that fomething 
preyed upon my mind j but as I concealed 
the caufe of my grief even from him, re- 
fped would riot pcrmit.t^^l to pry into my 
Iccrets. 

, One evening I was lying upon my fopha, 
plunged in reflcftions Very far from agree- 
able : Theodore amufcd himfelf by ob- 
ferving from the window a. battle between 
two poftillions^ who were quarrelling in the 
inn-yard. 

•^ Ha ! ha !" cried he fuddenly, ^^ yon- 
^r is the Great Mogul," .! 

^* Whor faidl. . :. ^ . . - 

<' Only a man who made me a ftrange 
fpeech at Munich/' 

"' Wliat was the purport of it ?" 
*r Now you put me in mind of it, Seg- 
nor, it was a kind of .meff^ge to yog, but . 
truly it was not wofth delivering, ,I.l?e-. 
lleve the fellow to be mad, for. my part. 
When I came to Munich in fearch of you, 

■ I I found 



( 75 ) 

Ifobnd tiirn HVing at *^ the King of the tto- 
mahs,* ahd the hoft gave me an odd ac- 
count of him. By his accent he isfuppofed 
to be ^ foreigner, bat of what country no- 
body can tell. He feemcd to have no ac-^ 
quaintance in the town, fpoke very feU'- 
dom, and never was feen to fmile. He 
had neither fervants nor baggage ; but his 
purfc feemcd well furnilhed, and he did 
much good in the town. Some fuppofed 
Wm robe an Arabian aftrologer, others tct" 
be a travelling mountebank, and many df«* 
dired that he was Doftor Fauftus, whdni 
the devil had fent back to Germany. Thd' 
latidlord, hbx\'ever, told me, that he had 
the bed reafons to believe him to be thd' 
Great Mogul incognito.'* 
"-^•^'fttit the-ftrangefpeech, Theodore — '*" 
" True, I had almoft forgotten ifid* 
fpeech : indeed, for that matter, it would 
iicS^atfe been a great lofs if I had forgotten 
ic'ailtd^erher. You are to know, Segnoi*, 
thir virhil'e 1 Was enquiring about you of the 
laivdibrd, this ftranger pafled by. He ftop- 
E a pedp 



< 7* ) 

pedjand Tpokcd at meeiatneftly^^-'^f Youtbi"* 
&id bCt in a folcmn vaice, *^ he whom you 
feeky has found that which he would' fain 
lofe. My hand alone can dry up the fok>od« 
Bid your mafter wifti for mc when the clock 
ftfikes " one."* 

♦* How ?'* cried 1^ ftarttftg firotli my fo- 
pha, [The words which Theodore had 
repeated, fecmed to imply the ftrtnger^s 
knowledge of my fecret] ** Fly to him^ 
fey boy ! fentrcat Him to grant me one m(>- 
ment's converfation/* ' 

Theodore was furprifed at the vivacity 
of my manner: however^ he alked nb 
queftions, but haftencd to obey me. '^ 
waited his return impatiently. But ^ Siort 
fp^ce of time had elapfed, when lie agaih 
'ti^eared, and iifhcred the expc^ed g^eft 
firto my chamber. He was a mati of majef- 
tic prefence; his countenance was ftrocgjy 
marked, aAd his^eyes were larger blacky 
and fparkUftg t ytt there was a fontetfeg 
iff his Iook,^hich, the moment tbotij faw 
him^ iofpired me with a fecret aw^, not to 
*^'jI 1 fay 



( 77 ) 

^yr {iorror« Hei wM^toffed {daiolyy his hair 
J^^agrfwildly upoa his brow^ and a band pf 
)^}^ck yelvctj which encirckd hie f^rehcadi^ 
Upre^d over hisi features an additional gloom. 
Ms vOpunce^an^ wore ibo m;irks of pros-, 
found melancholy^ his Hep was ilow, and 
J^ {^aop(cr.^ave^ (lately, and folemn* 
5-:'He }(alucqd iQe with politenefs; and 
^l^^ng replied to the ufual compliments ipf 
^tfitrio4M(£iioD9 1^ motioned to Tiicodore ro 
.qm^ J 'tb^if chamber* The page inflanil^ 
-withdrew* 

yumM^9!^ youMT bufinefs," faid he, with- 
iftP^igWPg n^e time to fpeaK. *f 1 have the 
jpowqfrof KekiUiflg you from your nightly 
Ififiiiof ^;buc this cannot be done beforp 
riSiifkdai!. iiQa the hour when the i^bbath 
AfMtpb^brpfkks>^ fpirits of d^rkn^fs h^yp 
*1wfti*flaeiicox>ver mortals. After §ati^rr 
y(dkfJititM\Mi (ball vifit you no more." ^ 
e>fv:^fM?ifl not enquire/' faid I, **by.wh^ 
gm9m;.yQ\^ are in. pofleffion of a fecrcf^ 
^itiiJ: hive carefully concealed from:^he 
rknowlcdgeof^very one??' ,. jt 

E 3 . ** How 



( r8 ) 

,; •* How can I be ignorant of your dif-^ 
trefles, when their caufc at this moment 
.Hands befide you ?" 

I ftarted. The ftranger continued* 
** Though to you only vifible for one 
lipur in the twenty-four, neither day or 
night does (he ever quit you ; nor will Ihe 
'ever quit you till you have granted her re- 
queft." 

. ** And what is that requeft V* 
^ ,j*f That file muft herfelf explain : it lies 
not in my knowledge. Wait with patience 
for the night of Saturday : all fliall, be. i,i^en 
cleared up/' 

i ;I dared not prefs him further. He (qqu 
after changed the converfatipn> and t^^di 
9^ various matters. He named^pec^le who 
fiadceafed tio ei&ift for many centimes, i^nd 
•js^t with whom he appeaKd to have been 
perfonally acquainted. I coujd mot 4iien- 
tion a cduntryi however diftant^ whi^h he 
fbad not vifited, nor could I fufficiently 
admire the extent and variety ofMhis.fpibr- 
tnation. I remarked to him, that having 
. r. travelled, 



( r^ ) . _ 

rrtivell^di fecriand known. fo' much, mnft 
have given him infinite pleafurc. He (hooik' 
hi$ head mournfully. 

'^ No one/' be replied, " is adequate 
to ^dm^prehending the mifery of my lot ! 
Fattf obliges- me to be conftantiy in morW' 
itrtfnt;'"I'am not permitted to pafs* mo^rtf 
iBini f6rf ftfght in the feme place. I have rid 
friend in the world, and, from the reftlefl^ 
ncfsof my dcfliny, 1 never can acquire one. 
Fain would 5 lay down my miferable life^. 
fyflifnyf thofe who enjoy the quiet of tffid 
girtfve^tbot'ticatii eludes me, and flie$frdrii 
my embrace. In vain do I throw myfe!? 
iifWie'Way of danger. 1 plunge into the 
iAiSih^;^ tfte^waV*^ Chrx>w me back with al>*- 
h<iffciii»''t3|x$rt*t1« fliote :' I rulh inter firc'f 
ihlPfltttt^i^fe«)ll at my approach : I dppofd 
ft*yftlf tb'the fury of banditti ; their fvvotdj' 
b^iStome' blunted, and break againft my 
l3ifedft.^'"Th€J%untgry tiger Ihudders at my 
a^^Voath;- and the alligator' iflies from 4' 
rti<*«le?rimore-h6rribte than^^^^ ' GdA 



( «p ) 

has fet his feal upon mc^ and alt his crea* 
lures rcfpeft this fiital nurk.'* 

He put his hand to the velvet, which was 
.bound round his forehead. There was in 
his cjes an expreffion of fury, deljpair, and 
malevolence, that ftruck horror to my v<ry 
fouL An involuntary con vulfion. made n;^ 
Ihudder. The ftranger perceived it. 
. ** Such is the curfe impofed on me/* he 
continued : •* I am doomed to infpjre all 
wl^olook on me with terror and deteftation. 
You alrea(^y feel the influence of .the 
cnarm, ar^d with every fucceeding moment 
will fpel it more. I will not ad4 to your 
fufiprjngs by my prefence. Farewejl til^,Sa-, 
tur^ay. As foon as the clock ftrikoB twelyCf. 
ttpcjft me at your chamber- door.'\ ; .; . 

[paying faid this he departed, leaving ipc 
in aftoniihment at the myfterious; turn of 
his manner and converfation. j^is aflur* 
ances that I fbould foon be relieved fron) 
tbt apparition's vifits^ produced a gpod 
effecl upon my conftitution^i The^dprf, ; 

, whom 



( «I ) 

urfiom I rather treated as an adopted cbi,|^ 
than a domefiic, was furprifcd at hi^ re- 
turn roobferve the amendment in my look^ 
He congratulated me on this fymptotii .0/ 
returmtig health, and declared biODfelf.^ 
lighted'ar my having received fo much Jbfep 
ncfit from my conference with tbje Qx^ 
Mogul. Upon enquiry I fbi^nd that tJic 
ihapger had already pafled e^ht day^ ia 
Ratifbon, According to hi^ own accpujcf]^ 
therefore, he was only to rcfnain th^rf ^ 
flays longer. Saturday wa3 ftill ^^^^t 
dfftsnce i^ three. Oh ! with wh^Ujimpaii 
licn6c dicf I exped its arrival I I» tjip ipr, 
tAlm, Ae bleeding nun cominued; h^ 
AdStix'nd vifits i but hoping foon to tf/^« 
leafed ^from them altogether, the effr^j 
wHldli they produced pa me bequne ^. 
violj^ than before* .^ ^ . , 

/ *1rhc wiflied-for night arrived. To ^i^^ 
cK^Uihg fpfpicion I retired to bed at |Bl|^ 
uiuiail^cfur* But as fqon as my attendl^ 
haffidt^me^ I drefled myfclf again^ an^ 
pitpartd for the ftraoiger's receptiptj, I^ 
£ 5 entered 



( 8e ) 

^entered my room upon the turn of mid- 
iiight, A fmall cheft was in his hand, which 
he placed near the (love. He faluted me 
^vithout fpeaking ; I returned the compli- 
ntenr, obferving an equal filence. He then 
opened his cheft. The firft thing which he 
jfroduced was a fmall wooden crucifix : he 
funk upon his knees, gazed upon it mourn- 
fully, and caft his eyes towards heaven. 
He fccmcd to be praying devoutly. At 
length he bowed bis head refpedfully, 
iLifled the crucifix thrice, and quilted his 
kneeling pofture. He next drew from 
iht tfHeft a covered goblet: with the li- 
^or^whitb it contained, and which a^ 
p«afi?&4pb6^ blood, he fprinkled tl^e floor; 
alxt!'then (3ipping in it one end o^f the cru- 
cirfx, he defcribed a circle in the ftiidde 
of the room. Round about this be placed 
ViWbus reliqncs,* fcullsi thigh»boneS| &c. 
IVSbferwd, that he difpofed' them all in the 
Uhrisof croffes. Laftly, he took out a 
UV^efeiWe, and beckoned me to foUbwhmi 
itet) thi* circlp. I obeyed^ i 



C 83 ) 

-•■"^ B4 (?&iftious riot to utter a fyliable^f* 
whii[{5c?itedtheftrartg6r*: *^ftep not out df 
the circle, and, as you love yourfelf, djiffe 
not' to look liport my face !'' ' ' 

•Holding, iht crucifix in one hand, tBfc 
bible m the otiieri he feemed to read witK 
profound attention. The clock ftrtTck mic'l 
As ufu'al I'heard the fpedre's ftepij upon 
the ftair-cafe : but I was not feized with 
the accuftomed fhivcring, I waited heV 
^proach with confidence. She entered thfe 
r^i!n/-drew ilear the circle, and ftopptfdL 
The ftraAger muftered fome words, ' to- ttie 
unkitelHgible. ^ Then riifirig his head frOfni 
tbft booki and extendirtg the crucifix td^J 
AT?a!^:rtic ghoft, he pronounced, in a v^t* 
diftiri^f ami fplehin, 

>*..f4f:;gtatridBl Beatrice! Bfeatrice I*' ■ *i 
u^.fVW>hat ^roYildfirthou ?'* replied the ajiir 
p#rictfiin-.n^hdllow faltering tone. ' '-:*: 

.• ;*^^rW»blit^4ftutbs thy fleep? Why d^ft 

:ihou- afflid and torture this youths Ho\tr 

tan- reft. fep reftbred^to thy unquiet (pirit?'' 

t' I dare nptfdl t »Imuft not tel> V F«h 

E 6 * would 



( U ) 

would I repofe mi rtiy grave, bot ftern com- 
mands force me to prolong^ my punifli* 
ment V 

" Knoweft thou this blood ? Knovreft 
tfaou in whoTe veins it flowed ? Beatrice ! 
Beatrice ! In his name; I charge thee to 
amfwerme/' 

- •* I dare not difobey my taikers*** 

- •« Dared thou difobey me ?*' . 

•''He fpoke in a commanding tone, and 

dfie\V the fable band from his forehead* In 

^ki -of ^ his injunftions to the contrary; 

/feiiti^fitfy would not fuffer me to keep my 

^yes dff his face : I raifed them» and be- 

iKeld a burning crofs imprelTed upon his 

*tif^. For the horror with which this objed: 

%fpired me I cannot accmint, but I never 

ftlt its equal. My fenfcs kft oie'for fome 

ihoments: a myfterious dread overcame 

my courage ; and hsid not the etorcifer 

ciught Tily hand, I (hould have Mien, out 

^*©f the circle. 

^ When I recovered myfelf^ I:perccived 
'tjlkat> the buf filing crcfs' had incdoce^ -an 



(H) 

CQnmcfliaiVcc^ tacprefled revepcncfi ^nd' boc^* 
ror, aiid her vifionary limbs were ilpaktfii 

•f< Yesi!'^ %Vi|[d at length, << I tren^ 
It? ^»t marit ^SfeKtfpeft it ! I €bcy yoq,^ 
Know tben^ that my bones lie ftiU ^mtH}^ 
ried : tt^ey^ibc in t^ obfc^rity of ^inden^ 
ber^ Hole. None but this youth llts (be 
right ,t>fconiigfii0g thcai to the gnive. 
His«bwn lips iiave made ever to me kh 
body; Mid bis foal c never will I give back 
fan pamHe^ nevtt (hall be know Si fiigbfi 
6dv^dr>o(rt^rrotiVfQlt{s be engage^ to cot 
^B^.ifo^ nftddldering' bones^ and dc^pf^ 
:tfafctD]nrthefafi>il)i};Vauh of his ^r^dkAf^ 
i^h4 uTMii* let thirty. mafies be faid lor 
ttm>>Qpi^re{i9f)'my f^irit^ »atid i trouble th[% 
ynos^no move. Now let me 4ep&rt« Tbofe 
.fliir^89cfire.fcorchi«g !*• ,. . y - j. 

:., >H«]k)t tlie^bandtdropi Aq^*vida[iciL%1|^ 
the crucifix^ and which till th^n he ba|d 
pointed -tdwaardshert The apparition l^ow- 
td her Jmid^^Mtd ber d|pm jm^ieed' liM^o 
tf air* 



( 86 ) 

•If.. The exoreifcr led mc rOut «>f ihe 
circle. He replaced the bible, &c* in ibe 
chcft, and then addreffed hioifelf to oie, 
who flood near hiiij fpeechlefs from J^fto- 

ftiflbtnent. ^ 

; <* Don Raymond, yOU'.have heard the 
conditions on which repofe is promifed 
jeom Be it your bufinefs to fulfil them to 
ihe letter. For me, nothing more remains 
tb^ to clear up die darknefs ftill fpread 
over the. fpecftre's hiftory, and inform you, 
tiut when living Beatrice bore the name of 
las Cifternas. She was the great avint of 
your ^grandfather. In quality of your re* 
lation, her allies demand rcfped from you, 
jho\igb the enormity of her crimes muft 
excite :your. abhorrence. The nature of 
tbtife ainies no one is mor«. capable of e:c^ 
plaining to you than niyfelf... liwas per- 
fonally acquainted with the holy man who 
ptsfcrib^.hejr.nofturrial riots in the caftle 
pf :Lindenberg, and I hold this narrativi^ 
fcom bis own. lips. 

/ ;5< Beatrice djQ^ Ciftejrnas took the veiii' 
.:*.; at 



( h ) 

at an ^rly agcj not by her own choice, but 
at the expreis command of her parentsi 
Ste was then too young to regret the plfea** 
furcs q6 whtcK her profeflion deprived her t 
but no fooner did her warm and 'Voluptuous 
tharader begin to be developed, than Ihc 
abandoned' herfelf freely to the impulfebf 
her paffions, and feized the firft opportu^ 
nity to procure their gratification. This 
opportunity was at length prefentcd, afte^ 
many obftacles which only added new. 
force to her defiresi Sheconc?rived to elope 
from 'the convent, and fled to Germany 
with the baron Lindenberg. She lived- at 
hit caftle feveral months* as hi«: avowed 
conciibine* All Bavaria was fcandalized 
by her impudent and abandoned condu^i 
Her feafts vied in luxury with Clcopatca'sji 
au^ Lirtdenbcrg bctame the theatre of tbc^ 
tttoft imbridled debauchery. • Not fatisfiedi 
Wf&h difpkying theincontin6nCe'of{^.^«Qi. 
ftitute> theprofeflfed herfclf ^n attieift : flld 
took evtfry opportunity tofcdff at hcrihtH 
^■"^ . , . • iiaftic 



( 8« ) 

iiaftic vows, and loaded with ridicule the 
moft facred ceremonies of reiigioh. 
.* •* Pofleffed of a charafter fo depraved, 
(He did not long confine her affedions to 
due objed. Soon after ber arrival at the 
ciaftle, the baron's younger brother attrad- 
ed her notice by hisflrong-marked features^ 
gigantic ftature, and herculean limbs. She 
was not of an humour to keep her inclina- 
tion' lohg unknown : but (he found in Otto 
Ton Lindenberg her equal in depravity. 
He returned her paffion juft fufficiently to 
incTfafe it j and when he had worked it up ^ 
lb the de&red pitch, he fixed the price of bis 
love at hi? brother's murder. The wretfcb 
c^i^fented to this horrible agreement; A 
night was pitched ijpon for perpetrating tlie^ 
deed* Otto, who re/ided on a fmall eftate a 
few miles diftaot:from the ca(l)e,^promifed 
tiiat, at one in the morningj he would be 
wuting for her at Linden ber g-hoie'i that 
liCf -Would bringwitfa him a party of chofen 
irUhds^ by whofe aid he doubted xiot being 
T . - able 



( %> > 

and that jiis ;9j^t ^ep ^ppid bfe the uniiiqf;, 
her band ta hU^ It w^ tbb }aft prcnvife 
which over^^ruled every, feruplc of Bcattift^i^ 
fjince^ in ipke ^f hi$ afiedion for hcfj the 
baroA JbadL4ficlarfi4 pP^tively^ that hie nev^c 
WQuldiijak^^herhis wifip. .. ,. ,* ^ 
...fS Thc.fetal oight arjived. The barpgi 
fl^ptinitb^ arms of his perfidious mifbreft)^' 
whea tlic c^jUe .belj ftruck *^ one.** Itnoic-, 
dia^ely B(^trice.drew a dagger from un-' 
d^jfiM^b b$r, pUlow^ ajod pluoged it in fajqc 
paraipourfs heart. The baron uttered ^ 
fip^f 4f^f^I groan,^ and expired, 'the] 
Of^orf f^ <3^ultted her t>ed faaftily, took « 
Ia^P in onejiaiid^ in the other the bloody 
dj|gKr^j^4 i^nt her courfe towards^t^^ 
c^vern^. The porter dared not to refufe. 
ope^mtg,the gates to one, more dreaded la, 
tl^qaftl^ than its mailer. Beatrice r^achcd^] 
L^a^enbj?rjg;-bc4e unoppofed, /where, 4Cr . 
CQf^ing. to prpaufea/hefpupd Qj^to vfaitini;,^ 
fai:jiej;.- J^e receive^, and Ji4i?;i^d to;h^f», 
narrative with tranfpon: but ere ihe hadi 

time 



( 90 ) 

time to sJk Why he came urtkccdmpanieil, 
he convinced her that he wifhed for no wit- 
Aefies to their interview. Anxious to con- 
ecai his (hare in the murder, and to free 
kimfelf from a woman whofe violent and 
atrocious charafter made him tremble with 
rcafon for his own fafety, he had rcfolved 
on the deftrudion of his wretched agents 
RuQaing upon her fuddenly, he wreftcd the 
dagger from her hand. He pkinged ir, 
fliU recking with his brother's blood, in her 
bofom, and put an end to her exigence by-' 
repeated blows. ' 

** Otto now fucceeded to the barony of 
Lindenbcrg, The murder was attributed 
folely CO the fugitive nun, and no one foipeft-^ 
e^ him to have pcffuaded her to theaftiohi' 
But though his crime was unpuniQfcd by' 
man^ God's juftice permitted him not to' 
enjoy in peace his blbod-ftained honours. 
Her bones lying ftill unburied in the cave, 
(he'reftlefs foul of BeatVice continued to in- 
habit the caftle. Drefled in* her religidiis- 
habit,- in memory of her vows broken to^ 

heaven, 



( SI ) 

hea^veo, .fumilbed \Kuh-the dagger 'Whick- 
had di;^ak the hiood of her panunour, and 
hpldiQg the Ump which had guided her 
flying fteps, every night did (he ftand bc-» 
fore the bed of Otto. The mod dreadful 
CQ(rfii(ion .reigoed* through the caftle. The 
vaulted chambers. rcfounded with (hrieks 
and groans; and the fpedtre/as (he ranged 
along the^antique gallerie8> uttered an inco- 
hereoc mixture of prayers and blafphetnies. 
Oi^O) was unable to withftand the (hock 
veyGfa. he felt at this fearful vifidn : its bor« 
rors increafed with every fucceeding apii^ 
p.earance.^ His alarm at length became fo 
insupportable, that his heart burfl:, and one 
mioping he was found in his bed total! jr 
dcpriy^dof waj^mth and animation. Hit 
€(^ath*did pot put an end to the no(ftbrnal^ 
riots. The- bcMies of Beatrice continued to 
lie unburied, and her.ghoft continued- to 
haunt ihe caftle^ 

:" The domains of .l^indenberg nQW fell 
to a diftant. relation* Butierrified.by th^tVQ^* 
counts igivcnhim of .the bleeding nun .(fQ? 

was 



c ^* > 

1K8S the: fpcAre: called by ahe^miikkiB^ 
tlie netv baroa called tolsis afiiftance a ee* 
lebraicd exorcifen^ This boly maD fuc* 
ceeded'in obUging her to cctnpovary re^ 
^ofe t but tfaoiagb (he. difcovered to him 
her.hiftoty, he.was ooc peemitted to reveal 
k OQ others^ or. cau& her.i|;eIetOD to be re.- 
tittnred to fa«Uowed giin»nd» Tfaat office 
was referred fistr yau ; anddlt your coming 
hat ghcft !wa& doomed to wandBr about ihe 
m6:ic».and latneni thejcrime wfaick (he had 
there committed^ . However, thexxorcifcr 
«lilig;cd> ber t0:fiknce during hia^lik^kne^ 
So long as he exiftedi the haunted lohan^er 
was (hut\ip# andftfa^fpeArewasiAvifible. 
^c his deaths which kapipencd in fivfi yeajti 
•ftefi flieagain appeared^ but ooly oflcercai 
©very.filth yeajr^ onthe^fame day anda^ the 
fame. hour yhen flie plunged her Icnife . in 
the heart of her flccping lover: ihcthen 
Ttfited the cavern which, held her mojulder^ 
Jug {keletoo, re;€urned to the. caftk aj^ ;foon 
»«; the dock: ftrnckwo, and was/fceii>no 
nore: tiUl tbe^ae&i; fivf yeara had dapfed. 
:o:'>, "She 



C M ) 

{ ;S 8k» iva» idoiHkiecl to fuffer duiing die 
f^ce of la ctatMryv That period is paft« 
NochiAg DOW remaiiYs but to con^gn to the 
gravCfib^^ihes of Beatrice* I have been 
the i%Mai»>.'of Rieafixig^you from your vi-^ 
fi(a>aiy tommotor ; and amidft all the for^ 
^rpMTSjwbidi iipprefs me» to think that i 
toite boeft of ufe to you, is fome confola* 
thiMi . Youili^ ferewell ! May the ghoft of 
your rekttoncAJoy that reft in the tocnb^ 
isehicbitbe-AImighcy^s vengeance has de-^ 
iriiad^ to mt for« ever P* 

^ciHere^the Amnger prepared to ^irit the 
apkniaent, • 

^^^ Stay yet one moment 1" faid I ; " yoa 
l»9<( (ktisfi^d my curiofity with regard to 
iflie; ipisdfei: but you leave me a prey to 
3F^t g.rba(er refpe&ing ^ourfelf. Deign t<B 
inform ^tne to whom I am u nder fkch real 
xxbligaxiions.: You meHtion xircumftances 
4cHig;paft,iand>peop}e long dead : yoo were 
f^^cfcoal^* 2icqu»tnfed with the exoircifitfi;^ 
whoy-byyouNown account, ha^ been clo* 

Geh&4i»eir^ century. How am I to ac4 

:>: ■ count 



( 94 ) 

Count for this ? What means that burning 
crofs upon your forehead, and why did the 
fight of it ftrike fuch horror to my foul ?'* 

On thcfc points he for fomc time rcfufcd 
to fatisfy me. At length, overcome by my 
entreaties, he confentcd to tlear up the 
^hole, on condition that I would defer his 
explanation till the next day. With this 
requcft T was obliged to comply, and he 
left me. In the morning my firft care was 
tb enquire after the myfterious (Iranger. 
Conceive my difappointment, when in- 
formed that he had quitted Ratifbon. I 
difpatched meffengers in purfuit of him, 
but' in vain. No traces of the fugitive 
were difcovered. Since that moment I 
never have heard any more of him, and 'tis 
mod probable that I never (hall.*' 

' [Lorenzo here interrupted his friend's 
narrative : 

"Howl" faid he, *' yoii have never dif- 
covered who he was, or even formed a 
giiefs ?'' 

'- '* Pardon me," replied the murquis : 

•* when 



' ( 9^ ) 

V ^kttk I jchp^ this adventure to ray 
un,cle, the cawiinal-duke, he told me, that 
he had no doubt of this Angular man's bc-» 
ipg the celebrated charaaer known univer- 
f^lly bjL.thp naipe of the wandering J^^^ 
His not beiog. permitted to pafs more 
t}ian fourteen days . on the fame fpot, the 
Ijurning^rofs impreffed upon his forehead, 
the effed which it, produced upon the be- 
holders, and many other circumftanccs, 
gave this fuppofition the colour of trutlv 
Tjie cardinal is fully perfuaded of it; and 
for my own part I am inclined to adoptthe 
only.fplui.ion which offers itfelf to this 
riddle." 1 return to the narrative froni- 
\fc^.ich I have digrcfled.] 

Ftqxji this period I recovered. my beahh' 
fo rapidly as to aftonifh my pbyficians. The 
bleeding nun appeared no more, aad I was 
fpon able to fet out for Lindenberg. The 
harQn receiv,^d me with open arms. I con« 
fiiJed. tQ'bimi the fequel of my adventure s. 
and he was not a little pleafed to find that 
his maniion would be' no longer troubled 
....'.,- J, with 



( 56 ) 

with the phantom's quinquennial vifits. I 
was forry to perceive, that abfence had not 
weakened Donna Rodolpha*s imprudent 
paffion. In a private converfation which 
I had with her during my (here ftay at 
Ac caftle, ihe renewed her attempts to per-* 
fuade me to return her affedion. Regard- 
ing her as the primary caufe of all my 
fofferings, I entertained for her no other 
Sentiment than difguft. The ikeleton of 
Beatrice was found in die place which (he 
&id mentioned. This being all that I fought 
4itLtndenberg« I haftened toquit the baron's 
domains, equally stnxious to perform the 
obfequtes of the murdered nun, and efcape 
the importunity of a woman whom i de« 
tefted. I departed, followed by Donna Ro- 
»doIpba*s menaces, that my contempt (hoifld 
«iot be k)og unpuniflied. 

I now bent my courfe towards Spain 
vikh all diligence. Lucas with my bag- 
'gage bad joined nie dunng my 4ibode at- 
landenberg. I arrived in my native coun- 
try without any accident, and immediately 

proceeded 



X 91 ) 

proce^ed.to my father's caftle in Anfda- 
lufla^r The remains of Beatrice were de* 
pofited in the family vault, all due ccr^- 
XtK>nies perft^rmed, and the number of maifes 
(aid .which (he had required. Nothing 
nOMf hindered me from employing all my 
endeavours to difcover the retreat of Ag« 
fS^es. The baronefs had affured me, that her 
niece had already taken the veil : this intel- 
Hgeoce I fufpecled to have been forged by 
jealoufy, and hope to tind my miftrefe 
(liliat liberty to accept my hand.. 1 en-. 
quired.iafter her family ; I foinnd that befpre 
her daughter could reach Madrid, Donna 
InefiHa was no more : you^ my dear Lo-% 
t^z^y were faid to be abroad^ but where; 
1.'..C0Mld» ^Ot difcover : your father was ia 
%;4iiHot province, on a vifit to the duke 
de Medina ; and as to Agnes, no ope could 
psT v(ould inform me what was become of 
;her^ Theodore^ according to promife, had 
returned to Strafbourg, where he found 
.his, grandfather dead, and Marguerite in 
poifeiEon of his fortune. AH her perfua- 
VoL. IL F fions 



( 98 ) 

fions to remain with her were fruitlcfs : he 
quitted her a fecond time-, and followed 
me to Madrid. He exerted himfelf to the 
utmoft in forwarding my fearch : but our 
united endeavours were unattended by fuc- 
cefs. The retreat which concealed Agnes 
remained an impenetrable myftery, and J 
began to a^bandon all hopes of recovering 
her. 

About eight months ago I was returning 
to my hotel in a melancholy humour, having 
pafled the evening at the play-houfe. The 
night was dark, and I was uniccompanied. 
Plunged in refleftions which were far from 
being agreeable,'! perceived not that three 
men had followed me from the theatre, till, 
on turning into an unfrequented ftreet, 
they all attacked me at the fame time with 
the utmoft fury. 1 fprang back a few paces, 
drew my fword, and threw my cloak over 
my Itrfc atin. The obfcurlty of the night 
was in my favour. For the moft part the 
blows of the affaflins, being aimed at ran- 
dom, failed to touch me, I at length was 
t fortunate 



( 99 ) 

fortunate enough to lay one of my adver- . 
fiiries at my feet : but before this I had 
already received fo many wounds, and was 
fo warmly preffed, that my deftruftion 
would have been inevitable, had not the 
clafliing of fwords called a cavalier to my 
aflTiftance, He ran towards me with his 
fword drawn : feveral domeftics followed 
him with torches. His arrival made the 
combat equal : yet would not the bravoes 
abandon their defign, till their fervants 
were on the point of joining us. They 
then fled away, and we loft them in the 
obfcurity. 

' The ftranger now addrefled himfelf to 
itte with politenefs, and enquired whether 
r was wounded. Faint with the loft of 
blood, 1 could fcarcely thank hfm for his 
feafonable aid, and entreat him to let forac 
of his fervants convey me to the hotel de 
lai Cifternafs. I no fooner menrioned the 
name than he profefled himfelf an acquaint- 
ance of my father's, and declared that he 
would not permit my being tranfported to 
F It fuch 



( loo ) 
filch a jdiftance before my wounds had been 
examined. He added, that his houfe was 
hard by, and begged me to accompany him 
^hither. His manner was fo earned, that I 
could not rejeft his offer; and, leaning upon 
his arm, a few minutes brought me to the 
porch of a magnificent hotel. 

On entering the houfe, an old grey-headed 
domeftic came to welcome my conduftor : 
he enquired when thedukc,hismafter, meant 
to quit the country, and was anfwered, that 
be would remain there yet fome months. 
My deliverer then defired the famrtyfurgeon 
to l^c fummoned without delay : his orders 
were obeyed. I was feated upon a fopha in 
a noble apartment ; and my WQunds being 
examined, ibey were declared to be very 
flight. The furgeon, however, advifed me 
not to expofr myfelf to the night air j and 
the ftranger preffed me {o earneftly to r-ake 
a bed in his houfe, that I confented to re- 
main where I was for the prefent. 

Being now left alone with ix\y deliverer, 
I took the opportunity of thanking him in 

more 



( loi ) 

more exprefs terms than 1 had done hithar- 
k) ; but he begged nie to be filent upon the 
fubjeft. 

-^*. I efleem myfelf happy/' faid he, *^ in 
having bad it in my power to render you 
this little fervice ; and I (hall think myfelf 
eternally obliged to my daughter for de- 
taining mc fo late at the convent of St. 
Clare. The high efteem in which I have 
ever held the marquis de las Cifternas, 
though accident has not permitted our being 
fo intimate as I could wifli, makes mc re- 
joice in the opportunity of making his font's 
acquaintance. I am certain that my brother, 
in whofe houfe yqu now are, will lament 
his not being at Madrid to receive you him- 
felf t but, in the duke*s abfencc, I am mafter 
of -the ^family, and may afllire you, in his 
name, that every thing in the hotel de Me- 
dina* is perfeflily at your difpofal." 

Conceive my furprife, Lorenzo, at dif^ 

covering, in the perfon of • my preferver, 

Don Gafton de Medina. It was only to be 

equalled by my fecret fatisfa6tion at theaf- 

F 3 furancei 



( loi ) 
fiirance, that Agnes inhabited the convent 
of St. Clare. This latter fenfation was not 
a little weakened) when, in anfwer to my 
ieemingly indi^fferent queftions, he told me 
that his daughter had really taken the veil. 
I fuffered not my grief at this circumflance 
to take root in my mind : I flattered myfelf 
"wkb the idea, that my uncle^s credit at the 
court of Rome would remove this obftacle, 
and ihaf, without difficulty, I fliould obtain 
for my miftrefs a difpenfation from her 
vows. Buoyed up with this hope, I calmed 
the uneafmefs of my bofom; and I re- 
doubled my endeavours to appear grateful 
for the attention, and pleafed with the fo- 
-ciety, of Don Gafton. 
vj A domeftic now entered the room j and 
..informed mc that the bravo whom I had 
wounded, difcovered fome fignsof life. I de- 
, fired that he might be carried to my father's 
hotel, and faid that, as foon as he recovered 
his voice, I would examine him'rcfpecling 
..bis reafons for attempting my life. I was 
: aofwered, that he was already able to fpeak, 

though 



ifcough with difficulty. Don Gafton?s.cu- 
rjofiry madebim prefs me to interrogate ihe 
aflafiin in his prefence ; but this curiofity I 
was by no means inclined to gratify. One 
reafon was, that^doubting from whence the 
blow came, I was unwilling to place before 
Don Gafton's eyes the guilt of a fifter. 
Another wa«, that I feared to be recognized 
for Alphonfa.d*Alvarada^ and precautions 
taken in confequence to keep me from the 
fight of Agnes. To avow my. paffion for 
:his dauglittr, and endeavour to make him 
enter into my fchemes, what I knew of Don 
Gaftoo's charadler convinced me would be 
an imprudent ftep ; and 'litonfidering it to 
be eflential that he (hould know me for no 
.edicr than the condc de las Cifternas, I was 
determined not to let him hear the brava*s 
tonfeffion, I infinuated to him, that as I 
fofpeAcd a lady to be concerned in the 
bufinefs, whofe name might accidentally 
.^efcape from theaflaffin, it was neceiFary for 
-nae to examine the man in private. Don. 
Gafton's delicacy would not permit his 
F 4 urging 



( K>4 ) 

wgifng thie point any longer, and, in con- 
fcqiicnce, the fcwavo was conveyed to nriy 
ho(ei. 

-The next morning I rook leave of my 
liuft^who was to return to the duke on the 
fame day. My wounds had been fo trifling, 
that,- except being obliged to wear my arm 
in a fling for a (bort time, I felt no incon- 
venience from the night's adventure. The 
fwrgcon who examined the bravo's "wound 
declared it to be mortal : he had juft time 
10 CDnfefs. that he had been inftigated to 
murder me by the revengeful Donna Ro* 
cjolpha, and expired in a few miniues 
after. 

. All my thoughts were now bent upon 
getting to the fpeech of my lovely nun. 
Theodore fet himfelf to vvoik,and, for this 
time, with better fuccefs. He attacked the. 
gardener of St. Clare fo forcibly with bribes 
and promifes, that the old man was entirely 
gained over to my interefts; and it was 
fettled tha.t 1 (hould be introduced into the 
convent in the character of his aflittant. 

The 



C 165 ) 

The plan was put into* execution x^ithbot 
delay. Difguifed in a common hatoir, add 
a black patch covering one of my eyes,'! 
was preftnted to the lady priorefs, who con- 
defcenddd to" approve of the gardencr^s 
clioice. I immediately entered upon my 
employment. Botany having been a fa;- 
vourite ftudy with me, I was by no means 
at a lofs In my new ftation. For fomc days 
1 continued to work in the con vent- garden 
without meeting the objeft of my difguife. 
On the fourth morning I was* more fuccefs- 
fol. I heard the voice of Agnes, and was 
ff ceding towards the found, .when the fight 
ofthe domina flopped me, I drew back^ 
with 'Caution, and concealed my fclf behind 
^(feick dump of trees. , 
- Tbe priorefs advanced, and feated herfelf 
wi^h A^nes'on a bench at no great diftance. 
L'heard her, in an angry tone, blame her 
cohfipanion^s continual melancholy. She 
teld her, that to weep the lofs of any lover, 
in her fitiiation, was a crime ; but ttat to 
weep the lofs of a faithlefsone was folly 
F s and 



( »o6 ) 

and abfurdity in the extreme, Agnes rc- 
. plied in fo low a voice that I could not dif- 
jcipguifti her words, but I perceived that fhe 
yfcd terms of genilenefs and fubmiffion. 
The converfation was interrupted by the ar- 
rival of a young penfioner, who informed 
the domina that fhe was waited for in the 
parlour. The old lady rofc, kiffed the 
cheek of Agnes, and retired. The r^w- 
<qmtr remained. Agnes fpoke much to her 
ip praife of fomebody whom I could not 
'jnakeout*, but her auditor feemed highly 
.Relighted, and interefted by the converfa- 
tion. The nua fliewed her feveral letters,: 
<he other perufed them with evident plc%- 
^re, obtained permiffiofito copy. then)^ and 
.withdrew for that purpofe to my great fati^ 
faftion* 

No fooner was (lie out of fight, than I 
quitted my concealment. Fearing to alarm 
,my lovely miftrefs, I drew near her. gently, 
intending to difcover injiclf by degrees. 
But who f.Oi" a nioii. ciu can deceive the eyes 
of loveJ.Sbez/iifed her head.at my approach, 

and 



( ro7 ) 
and recognifed me, in fpite of my di%uife, 
at a fingle glance. She rofe haftily frdiii 
her feat with an exclamation of furprife, and 
attempted to retire : but I followed her, 
detained her, and entreated to be heard'. 
Perfuaded of my falfehood, (he refufed^to 
liften to me,, and ordered me pofitively tb 
qvnt the garden. It was now my turn to 
refufe. I protcfted that, however dangerous 
might be the corifeqiienccs, I would not 
leave her till (he had heard my juftification. 
lalTured her, that (he had been deceivedby 
the artifices of her relations : that I could 
convince, her, beyond the power of doiiW, 
that rny paflion had been pure and difin- 
terefted; and 1 a(ked her what (liould in- 
duce me to feek her in the convent, were! 
influenced by the felfilh motives which my. 
enemies had afcribed to me, 

'My prayers, my arguments, and vows 
not to quit her till (lie had promifed to li(ten 
to me, united to her fears left the nuns fhould 
fee me wiih her, to her natural ciiriofity, 
and to the affedion which (he ilill felt for 
F 6 me. 



( io8 ) 

me, in fpite of my fuppofed defertion, at 
length prevailed. She told me, that to 
'grant my requcft at that moment was im- 
poflible; but (lie engaged to be in the fame 
fpot at eleven thai night, and to converfe 
with me for the lad time. Having ob- 
tained this promife, I releafed her hand, 
and (he fled back with rapidity towards the 
convent. 

I communicated my fuccefs to my ally, 
the old gardener : he pointed our an hiding-- 
place, where I might fhelter myfelf till night 
without fear of a difcovery. Thither I be- 
took myfelf at the hour when 1 ought ro 
have retired with my fuppofed matter, and 
waited impatiently for the appointed time, 
The chillnefs of the night was in my favour, 
fince it kept the other nuns confined to their 
cells. Agnes alone was infenfiblc of theiri- 
• clemency of the air, and, before eleven, 
joined me at the fpot which had witneffed 
'otir former interview. Secure from inter- 
ruption, I related to her the true caiife of 
niy difappearing on the fatal fifth of May. 
9 She 



( log ) 

She was evidently much affeded by my 
narrative. When it was concluded, (he 
confefled the injuftice of her furpicions,.and 
blamed herfelf for having taken the veil 
through defpair at my ingratitude. 

^* But now it is too late to repine !'* (he 
added ^ *^ the die is thrown : I have pro- 
nounced my vows, and dedicated myfelf 
to the fervice of heaven. I am fenfibie 
how ill 1 am calculated for a convent. My 
difgiafl; at a monaftic life increafes daily : 
€jinui and difeontent arq my conftant com- 
panions ; and I will not conceal from yoii, 
that th^ ^ffion which 1 formerly felt for 
t)ne fo near being my>^ufband, is not yet 
.^^linguilhcd in my bofom : but we; mud 
parti Infuperable barriers divide us frorti 
each other, and on this fide the grave we 
muft never meet again !" 

I now exerted myfelf to prove, thatioiir 
union was not fo impoflible as Qie fcemcd 
to thinkit. I vaunted to her the cardinal- 
dlike of Lerma's influence at the court of 
Rome. I afllired her, that I Ihould eafily 

' obtain 



A 



( IW ) 

obtain a difpenfatlon from her vows ; and 
I doubted not but Don Gafton would coin^ 
cidc with my views,, when informed of my 
real name and long attachment. Agnes re- 
plied, that (ince 1 encouraged fuch an hope, 
1 could know but little of her father. Li- 
btral and Jkind in every other refpeft, fu« 
pcrllition formed theonlyftain upon hischa- 
radler. Upon this head he was inflexible : 
he facrificed his deareft intcrefts to his 
fcruples, and would confider it an infulc 
to fuppofe him capable of authorifing his 
daughter to break her vows to heaven. 

** But fuppofe,** faid I, interrupting her— - 
•* fuppofe that he (bould difapprove of our 
union : let him remain ignorant of my pro- 
ceedings till I have refcued you from tlie 
prifon in which you are now confined. Once 
my wife, you are free from his authority. I 
need from him no pecuniary affiftance ; and 
when he fees his refentment to be unavail- 
ing, he will doubtlefs re' lore you lo his 
favour. But, let the vorft happen ; (hou4d 
Don Gafton be irreconcileable, my relations 

will 



( "I ) 

will vie with each other in making you for- 
get his lofs ; and you will find in my father 
a fubftituce for the parent of whom I (hail 
deprive you.'^ 

'^ Don Raymond," replied Agnes, in a 
firm and refolute voice, " 1 love my fa*- 
ther : be has treated me har(hly. in this one 
inftance; but I have received from him,, in 
every other, fo many proofs of love, that 
hi? affeftion is become neceffary to my e:i&- 
iftence. Were I to quit the convent, be 
Bever would forgive me; nor can I think 
that, on his death-bed,^ he would leave me 
his curfe, without fhuddering at the very 
idea, Befides, I am confcious myfelf, that 
my vows are binding. Wilfully did I corx- 
traft my engagement with heaven : I can- 
not break it wiihout a crime. Then baniOi 
from your mind ihe idea of our being ever 
united. I am devoted to religion ; and 
however I n^ay grieve at our feparation, .1 
would pppofe obftacles myfelf, to what I 
feel would render jue guilty.** 

Iftrove to, over-rule thcfe ill-grounded 

Icruplcs. 



( 112 ) 

fcriiplcs. We were ftill difpuiing npon the 
fubje(5l, when the convent bell fummoned 
the nuns to matins^ Agnes was obliged to 
attend die'hi ; but (he left me not rill I had 
compelled her to promife, that on the fol- 
lowing night (he would be at the ftme place 
at the fame hour. Thefe meetings con* 
tinued for feveral weekis uninterrupted : 
and 'tis now, Lorenzo, that I muft implore 
your indulgence. Refleft upon ourfituation, 
our youth, ourlong attachment. Weigh all 
the circumftances which attended our af^ 
Agnations, and you will confefs the temp- 
tation to have been irrefiftibie: you vvill 
even pardon me whtfn I acknowledge that, 
in an unguarded moment, the honour df 
Agnes was facrificed to my paflTori.'* 

[Lorenzo's eyes fparkled with fury; a 
deep crimfon fpread iifelf over his face : he 
ftarted from his feat, and attempted to draNV 
his fword. The marquis was aware of 
his movement, and caught his hand: hfe 
prefTed it afFcftionately : ' 

** My friend ! my brother ! hear me to 

the 



( 1^3 ) 

the conclufion ! Till then reftrain youi' 
pajEon ; and be at leaft convinced, that if 
what I have related is criminal, the blame 
muft fall upon me, and not upon your 
fifter." 

Lorenzo fuffered himfelf to be prevailed* 
upon by Don Raymond's entreaties : he re- 
fumed his place, and liftened to the reft of 
the narrative with a gloomy and impa- 
tient countenance. The marquis thus con* 
tinued :] 

Scarcely was the firft burft of paflion paft^ 
when Agnes, recovering herfelf, 'ftarted- 
from my arms with horror. She called me 
infemcus feduccr, loaded me with the bit- 
tereft reproaches, and beat her bofom in all 
the wildnefs of delirium. Alliamed of my ^ 
imprudence, I with difficulty found words 
to.excufe myfelf. I endeavoured to confole^ 
her: I threw myfelf at her feet, and en* 
treated her forgivenefs. She forced her 
hand from me, which I had taken and 
would have preffed to my lips. 

*< Touch me not!*' Ihe cried, with a 

violence 



( "4^ ) 

violence which terrified nie. '' Monfter o£ 
perfidy and ingratitude, how have I' been 
deceived in you! I looked upon yon as 
my friend, my proteftor : I trufled myfelf 
in your hands with confidence, and, relying, 
upon your honour^ thought that mine ran 
no rifk : and 'tis by you, whom I adored, 
that 1 am covered with infamy ! *Tis by you 
that I have been- feduced into breaking. 
my vows to God, that I am reduced to a 
level with the bafeft of my fcx I Shame. 
upon you, villain, you fliall never fee me 
more V* 

She ftarted from the bank on which flic 
was feated. I endeavoured to detain her ; 
but flie difengagcd herfelf from me with 
violence, and took refuge in the convent. 

I retired, filled with confufion and inquic* 
tilde. The next morning I failed not, sls 
ufual, to appear in the garden ; but Agnes 
was no where to be feen. At night 1 waited 
for her at' the place where we generally met.. 
1 found no better fuccefs. Several days and 
nights pafled away in the fame manner. At 

length 



( i'5 ) 

length I law my offended miftrefs crofs the 
walk, on wliofe borders I was working;, 
(he was accompanied by the fame young 
pcnfioner, on whofe arm Ihe feemed, from 
weaknefs, obliged to fupport herfelf, Sh« 
looked upon me for a moment, but in- 
flantly turned her head away. I waited her 
return ; but (he pafled on to the convent 
without paying any attentiou to me, or the 
penitent looks with which I implored her 
forgivenefs. 

As foon as the nuns were retired, the 
old gardener joined me with a forrowfui 
air. 

•* Scgoor/* faid he,. ** it grieves me to 
fay, that I can be no longer of ufe to you j 
the lady whom you ufcd to meet has juft 
aflured me, that if 1 admitted you agaia 
.into the garden, flie would difcover the 
whole bjufinefs to the lady priorefs. She 
bade me tell you alfo, that your prefence 
was an infulr, and that, if you ftill poffefs 
the leaft refpedt for her, you will never at- 
^ tempt to fee her more. Excufe me then 

for 



( ii6 ) 

for Informing you, that I' can favour your 
difguife no longer. Should the priorefs be 
acquainted with my condud, (he rtjight 
not be contented with difmrfling me her 
fervice : out of revenge, (he might accufc 
me of having profaned the convent, and 
caufe me to be thrown into the prifons of 
the Inquifition.*' 

JbVuiilefs were my attempts to conquer his 
refolution. He denied me all future entrance 
into the garden ; and Agnes pcrfcvered in 
neither letting me fee or hear from her. 
In about a fortnight after, a violent illntCs 
which had feizcd my father obliged me to 
fet out for Andalufia. I haftened thither, 
and, as I imagined, found the marquis 
at the point of death. Though, on its 
firft appearance, his complaint was declared 
mortal, he lingered out feveral months ; 
^ during which, my attendance upon him 
in his malady, and the occupation of fet- 
tling his affairs after his deceafe, permitted 
not my quitting Andalufia. Within thefe 
four days I returned to Madrid, and, on ar- 
riving 



( ii7 ) 
Tivingatmy botel,J there found this letter 
waiting for me. 

[Here the marquis unlocked a drawer of 
a cabinet,; he took out a folded paper, 
which he pr.cfented tqhis.auditor. Lorenzo 
opened it, and recogjnifed his fitter's hand* 
Xhe contents were as follows : 

^* Into what an abyfs of mifery have you 
'*' plunged me ! Raymond, you force me 
** to become as. criminal as yourfelf. I had 
** refolrcd never to. fee yon more; if pof»» 
^ fible, to forget you^; if not, only to re* 
** member you with hate. A being, for 
•-* whc^m I* already feel a mother's tendernefsj 
-*^ f0lrGks rae to pardon my feducer, and ap- 
*^ pl^ to hislove for the means of preferva* 
^* riom Raymond, your child lives in my 
** bofom. I tremble at the vengeance of the 
*♦ priorefi. Irremblc much for myfelf, yet 
** mone for the innocent creature whofe ex* 
'• iftcnce depends upon mine. Both of us are 
*^ loll, (hoxjld my frtuation be difcovered. 
** Advife mej then, what fleps to take, but 

** leek 



( "8 ) ^ 

*' feek not to fee me. The gardener, who un- 
** dertakes to deliver this, is difmiffed, and 
" we have nothing to hope from that quarter. 
^* The man engaged in his place is of incor- 
** ruptibie fidelity. The beft means of con- 
" veying to me your anfvver, is by conceal- 
** ing it under the great ftatue of St. Francis, 
** which (lands in the Capuchin cathedral 5 
*^ thither I go every Thurfday to confcffion, 
•* and (hall eafily have an opportunity of fe- 
*^ curing your letter. 1 hear that you are now 
** abfent from Madrid. Need I entreat you 
** write the very moment of your ree'urn ? I 
" will not think it. Ah ! Raymond ! mine 
•* isacruelfituation! Deceived by my ncar- 
** eft relations, compelled to embrace a pro- 
•* fcflion, the duties of which I am ill cal- 
*^ culated to perform, conl'cious of the 
** faniVity of thofe duties, and feduced into 
^* violating them by one whom 1 leaft fuf* 
•* pected of perfidy, I am now obliged, by 
*' tircumftances, to choofe between death 
" and perjury. Woman's timidity, and ma* 
** ternal affed ion, permit me not to balance 
** in the choice. 1 feel all the guilt into which 

*^ I plunge 



( "9 ) 
^''I plunge myfclf wben'I yield tothc plan 
*' which you before propofed to me. My 
** poor fathcr^s death, which has taken place 
** fince we nriet, has removed one obftacle. 
"' He fleeps'in his grave, and I no longer 
*^ dread' his anger. But from the anger of 
•* God, oh ! Raymond ! who (hall (liield 
** me'? WHio can proteft me againft my 
^^ confcience, againft* myfelf? I dare not 
*' dwell upon thefe thoughts ; they will 
** drive me mad. I have taken my refolu- 
^* tion. Procure a difpenfarion from my 
•^ vows. I am ready tofiy with you. Write 
** to me, my hufband ! Tell me that ab- 
•* fence has not abated your love ! Tel! 
•* roe that you will refcue from death your 
** unborn child, and its unhappy mother. 
•* I live in all the agonies of terror. Every 
^ eye which is fixed upon me, feems to read 
«' my fecret and my (hame. And you are ;. 
^^ the caufe of thofe agonies ! Oh ! when 
** my heart firfl: loved you, how little did it 
** fufpeft you of making it feel fuch pangs ! 

** AGNfiS.'' 



( I20 ) 

.; Having pcrufed the letter, Lorenzo re- 
flored it in Clence. The marquis replaced 
it in the cabinet, and then proceeded :] 

Exceffive was my joy at reading this in- 
telligence, fo earneftly defired, fo little ex- 
pected. My plan was foon arranged. Whea 
Don Gafton difcovered to me his daughter's 
retreat, I entertained no doubt of her readi- 
nefs to quit the corij^cf^t : I had, therefore, 
enirufted the cardinal-duke of Lernia with 
the whole affair, who immediately bufied 
himfelf in obtaining the neceffary bull. For* 
^unately, I had afterwards negleded to ftop 
his proceedings. Not long fince I received 
a. letter from him, dating that he expedled 
daily to receive the order from the court of 
Rome. Upon this I would willingly have 
relied ; but the cardinal wrote me word, that 
I muft find fome means of conveying Agnes 
out of the convent, unknown to the priorefs* 
He doubted not but this latter would be 
much incenfcd by lofing a perfon of fuch 
high rank from her fociety, and confider 
the renunciation of Agnes as an infult to her 

houfe. 



, ( 121 ) . 

houfe. He reprefenced her as ^ woman of 
a violent an3 revengeful charaftcr, capable 
* of proceeding to the greateft extremities. 
it was therefore to be feared left^j by con- 
6ning Agnes in the convent, flie fliould 
fruftrate my hopes, and render the pope^s 
mandate unavailing. Influenced by this con- 
lideraiion, 1 refolved to carry off my mif- 
trefs, and conceal her till the arrival of the' 
expefted bull in the cardinal-duke's c'ftate. 
He approved of my dcfign, and profetfect 
himfelf ready to give a fhdcer to the fugi- 
tive. I next caufed the new gardener of St. 
Clare to be feized privatelyj^ and confined 
in my hotel. By this means I became mafter 
^f the key to the garden-door, and I had 
now nothing more to do than prepare Agnes 
for the elopement. This was done by the 
letter which you faw me deliver this evening. 
I told her in it, that I Ihould be ready to re- 
ceive her at twelve to-morrow night ; that 
1 had fecured the key of the garden, and 
that Qie might depend upon a fpeedy re- 
leafe. 
VoL.II. G You 



( tlz ) 

•. Tou have now, Lorenzo, heard the whole 
'of ray long narrative. I have nothing to 
fay in my excufe, fave that my intentions 
towards your fitter have been ever the moft 
honourable: that it has always been, and 
ftill is, my defign to make her my wife; 
and that I truft, when you confider thefe 
xircumftances, our youth, and our attach- 
ment, you will not only forgive our mo- 
mentary lapfe from virtue, but will aid me 
in repairing ray faults to Agnes, and fe- 
curing a lawful title to her perfon and her 
<hearc. 



CHAP. 



( "3 ) 



CHAP. V. 



O you ! whom Vanity's light bark conveys 
On Fame's mad voyage by the wind of Praifc, 
With what a (hjfting gale your courfe you ply. 
For ever funk too low, or borne too high ! 
Who pants for glory finds but (hort repofc : 
A breath revives him, and a breath o'erthrows. . 

Pope. 

Xx ERE the marquis concluded his ad- 
ventures. Lorenzo, before he could deter- 
mine on his reply, pafled fomc moments ia 
refledlion. At length he broke filence. 

*^ Raymond/' faid he, taking his hand^ 
*^ ftrid: honour would oblige me to waQi off 
in your blood the ftain thrown upon my fa- 
mily; but the circumftances of your cafe 
forbid me to confider you as an enemy. The 
temptation was too great to be refifted. 'Tis 
the fuperftition of my relations which has 
G 2 occaiioned 



( 124 ) 

occafioned thefe misfortunes^ and iliey ar« 
more the offenders than yourfdf and Agnes* 
What has paffed between you cannot be re- 
called, but may yet be repau'cd by uniting 
you to my fitter. You have ever been, you 
ftill continue to be, my deareft, and indeed 
my only friends I feel for Agnes the trueft 
Bffe(5ion, and there is no one on whom I 
would beftow her more willingly than on 
yourfelf. Purfue, then, your defign, I 
will accompany you to-morrow night, and 
•condud her myfelf to the houfe of the car- 
dinal. My prcfence will be a fanAion for 
her conduft, and prevent her incurring 
fclame by her flight from the convent." 

The tnarquis thanked him in terms by no 

means deficient in gratitude. Lorenzo then 

'informed him-, that he had nothing more to 

'apprehend from Donna Rodolpha's enmity. 

'Five months had already elapfed fince,in 

•kn accefsof paffion,{he broke ablood-Veffel, 

'and expired in the coiirfe of a few hours. 

He tiien proceeded to mention the interefts 

oTAntonia. The marquis was much fur- 

k prifed 



( ^^5 > 

prifed at hearing of this new relation. Hi» 
father had carried his hatred of Elvira to the 
grave^ and had never given the lead hint 
that he knew what was become of his eldeft 
fon'^s widow. Don Raymond aflurcd his 
friend, that he was not miftakeii in fuppofmg 
himi ready to acknowledge his fifter-in-law^ 
and her amiable daughter^ The prepara- 
tions for the elopement would not permit his, 
yifiting them the next day ; bur^ in the 
meanwhile,^ be defired Lorenzo to aflTure 
tbcoa of-his friendfhip, and to fupply Elvirft^ 
tipon his acGGunr, with any fums vvhich (he 
^^ight:wiafit.r Tjijs the youth prontiifed to 
do^ as foon as her abode Ihoutd be known 
IP hifn. He then took l^aye of his future 
lyirgthcr*, ai]^ Returned to the palace dc 
Medina, 

The^aywas^ already on the point of break- 
ipg:Whei>themarquisretiredto his chamber. 
Confcioas that his narrative would take uj> 
foihQ hours, and wifliing to fccure himfelf 
from interruption, on returning, to. the hote^ 
he ordered his attendants not to fit up for 
G 3 him ;. 



( ia5 ) 

hrm ; confequcntly, he was fonietvliat fur- 
prifed, on entering his anti-room, to find 
Theodore eftablifhed there. The page fat 
near a table with a pen in his hand, and was 
fo totally occupied by his employment, that 
he perceived not his lord*s approach. The 
marquis flopped to obferve him. Theodore 
wrote a few lines, then paufcd,and fcratched 
oiit a part of the writing ; then wrote again, 
ftniled, and feemed highly pleafed with what 
he had been about. At lafl: he threw down 
his pen, fprang from his chair, and clapped 
hii hands together joyfully. 

" There it is T* cried he aloud : ^* now 
they are charming !" 

His tranfports were interrupted 'by a 
laugh from the marquis, who fufpeded the 
nature of his employment, 

«« What is fo charming, Theodore ?•* 

The youth ftarted, and looked round : h6 
blufhed, ran to the table, feized the paper 
on which he had been writing, and con- 
cealed it in confufion. 

«« Oh ! my lord, 1 knew not tliat you were 
= ' fo 



( "7 ) 
(o near me^ Can I ba of ufe to you ? Lui- 
cas is already gone to bed.** 

" I fliaU follow his example when I havb 
given my opinion of your verfes.'* 

" My verfcs, my lord ?'* 

*^ Nay, 1 am (lire that you have been* 
writing feme, for nothing elfe could have 
kept you awake till this time of the morning.^ 
Where ar^ they, Theodore ? I fliall like to. 
fee your compoiition." 

Theodore's cheeks glowed with ftilV 
deeper crimfon: he longed to (hew his 
poetry, but firft ic^iofe to be preflfed for it^ : 
, ** Indeed, my lord, they are not worthy 
your attentiou.** • ; 

** Not ihefe verfes, which you juft now 
declared to be fo charming ? Come, come, 
let me fee whether ou;* opinions are the fame* 
I promif? that' you (hall (ind in me an in- - 
dulgent critic." 

The boy produced his paper with feem* 
Tng reluftance ; but the fatisfaftion which! 
fparkled in his dark expre(rive eyes be- 
trayed the vanity of his little bofom. THe . 
G 4 marqiiis.> 



( liS ) 

marquis fmiled while he obfejve.cj tliC emo- 
tions of an heart as y^jt bur little Ikilled in 
veiling its feniiments. : He feated himfelf 
upon a fopha. Theodore, while hope and 
lear contended on his anxious countenance, 
waited with inquietude for his mafter's de- 
cifion, while the marquis rqad the following 
lines : 

LOVE ANp AGE. 
THE night was dark ; tbf ,wiDd blew cold » 
. AoacrQOo, grgwn morofe and old, 

l^t by his fire, and fed the cheerful flame : 
^ Sodden the cottage-door expands^ 
And, lo ! bsforc hink CSipid ftftildtty 

Otfis round z friendiy:|^ce| aBd'gtrects &im by his name* 

«« What I 18 It thou V* the ftartled Qrt 

Ib fullen tone exclainied} while ire 
With crimfon flufhed his pale and wnnl^ed cheek 8 

•* Wouldft ihou again with amorous rage 

Inflame my bofom ? Steeled by age, 
Vain boy, to pierce my breaft thine arrows arc too weak* 

" What feek you in this defert drear ? 

No fmiles or fports inhabit here ; 
Ne*er did thefe valleys witnefs dalliance fweet : 

Eternal winder biods the pWn^; 

Age in my houfe d<;fpotic reigns ; 
My garden boafts no flower, my bofom boafts no heat. 

*• Begone, 



( ii*9 ) 

** Begone^ and feek the blooming bower. 

Where fome ripe virgin courts thy power, 
Or bid provoking dreams flit round her bed 1 ' .• 

On Damon's amorous bread repofe j 

Wanton on Chloe's lip of rofe. 
Or make her blufhing cheek a pillow for thy h|^a4« 

" Be fuch thy haunJs ! Thefc .rcgiotis cold 

Avoid ! Nor thijlk grown wife and old 
This hoary head agai» thy yoke (ball bear:. 

Remembering that my faireft year? 

By thee were marked with fighs and tears, 
I think thy frien^Hiip falfip, andl Ihun the guikful fnare». 

** I have not yet forgot tbe paine : 

I felt, while bound in Julia's chains i; 
The ard^iu flames with which my bofom burned ; 

The nights I paffed deprived of reft ; 

The jealous pangs which racked my brcaft ; 
My dlfappointed hopes, and paffionunrcturned.. 

" Then fly, and curfe mine^yes no n^ore I 

Fly from my peaceful cottage-door ! _^ 

No day,.. no hour, no moment (halt thou ftay^ , * y 

I know thy falfehood, fcorn thy arts,. 

Dlftruft thy fmlle8,,and fear thy 'darts: "•' '• 

Traitor, begone, andfe^k fome other to betray W-"-^^ 

** Docs age, old man, your ipritsicoipfouadr* 
Replied the (offended; god, and frown^.; ^ /. .' 
(His frovvn was fweet as is tjip yu^ginl? fi^iLe ! ) . 1/ • m T 
G 5- ' ' ^^\:k^^ 



( ijo ) 

<* Do you to me thefc words addrefs ? 
To me, who do not love you Icfs, 
Though you my friendfhip fcorn, and pleafures pad revile ! 

" If one proud fair you chanced to find, 

An hundred other nymphs were kind, 
Whofe fmiles might well for Julia's frowns atone : 

But fuch is man ! his partial hand 

Unnumbered favours writes on fand, 
But ftamps one little fault on folid lafting (lone, 

** Ingrate ! Who led you to the wave. 

At noon where Lefbia loved to lave ? 
Who. named the bower alone where Daphne lay ? 

And who, when Cdia (hricked for aid. 

Bade you with kiffes hu(h the maid ? 
What other was't than Love, oh I falfe Anacreon, fay I 

•* Then you could call me — * Gentle boy I 

• My only blifs I my fourcc of joy I' 
Then you could prize me dearer than your foul t 

Gbuld kifs, and dance me on your knees f 

And fwear, not wine itfelf would pleafe. 
Had not the lip of Love firft touched the flowing bowl ! 

•* Mufl thofc fwect days return no mote ? . 

Mttd I for aye your lois deplore, 
Baniflied your heart, and from your favour driven I 

Ah ! no ; my fean that fmile denies ; 

That heaving brcaft, thofe fparkling eyes 
Declare me ever dear, and aH my faults fbxpven* 

V -1 « A^aL« 



C «3» ,) 

•' Again belovedt efteeiiied» car^fled* 
Cupid fhall in thine arms be preiTed, 
Sport on tliy knees, or on thy bofom fleep : 
My topch thine agef-ilruck heart (hall warm ; 
My hand pale winter's rage difi^rmy 
And Youth and Spring (hajt terjBToncje inorc thchr rcvdl "^ 
keep/'— 

t' - ■ . ... '.. . . 

A feather now of golden hue 
He fmiling from his ptoioir drew f 
This to the poet's hand the boy comofuts p: 

, And ftraight before Anacrepn's eyes . 
lyhe faireft dreams of fanc]^ Wftf, A 

} Ajid round his favoured head wild infpiration fiiti. . 

His bofom glows with amorous fire ; ' 

Eager he grafps the magic lyre ; 
Swift o'er the tuneful chords his fingers mrove : 

The feather plucked from Cupid's win^ 

Sweeps the too-long negleAcAffiring•,^' ' 
While foft Anacreon fiogs the power andpraife of kVe» . 

Soon- as that name, was heard, the woods '^ 
Shook off their fnows j the melting floods , 

Broke their cold chains, and wfnter^ed away. . 
Once more the earth. was decked with flowers j 
Mild zephyrs breathed through blooming bowers ; - ' 

High towered the glonousfunyandpoured the blaze of . 
day. 

Q:6 h20a:«^«il ^ 



C «s» ) 

Attra£l:ed by ^ li»Fm<ifB«iQ8 fou|u]» • 

Sylvans and faHh« the oot fwroand. 
And curious^ crowd the fnuiftnel to behold : 

The wood-nyflfpbfi liafte the ipcU to prove; 

Eager they run ; fhcff lid, dicy lore, 
And; vMU diey %eir ^h^IilMiilijt forget the mas 10 old* 

Cupid> to nothing conftant long. 
Perched on the harp attends the fong. 

Or ftifles with a k\£^ the ^nlqet notes: 
Now on the poet^s ibfoaft repofes, 
Now twines his ho2i^ JfOioks with rofes^ 

Or borne on wings of go)4 in wanton circle £oat&« 

Then thus Anacrcon — " I no more 

At other flirines my tows will pour. 
Since Cupid deigns my nunibers to infpire : 

From Phoebus or the blue-eyed maid 

Now ftall my verfe requeft no aid. 
For Lore alone ikall be the patron of my lyre* 

*« In lofty ^rain, of earlier days^ 

I fpread the king'^B or hero's praife. 
And ftruck the martial chords with epic fire : 

But farewell, herof farewell^ king ! 

Your deeds my lips no more /ball fing. 
For Love alone (hall be the fubjed of my lyre,** 

The marquis returned the paper with a 
fmile of encouragement. 



^' Your little poefr> pkafes me Tnucfe^** 
faid be : ** however, you muft not count 
my opinion for any thing. ^ I am no judge 
of verfcs, and for my owji pari never x;ogpr 
^pofed more tha« fix lines in my life : tliofe 
fix produced fo unlucky an efFeft, that. J 
am fully refolved never to compofe another. 
But I wander from my fubjed, I was g<v 
ing to fay that you cannot employ your 
time worfc than in making verfes. An ai^- 
thor, whether good or bad, or between: 
both, is an animal whom every body is 
privileged to attack : for.though allare nqt 
able to write books, all conceive themfelvc^ 
able to judge them* A bad con^poficipn 
•carries with it its ovvipi puni(hmcnt — goij- 
K^mpt and ridicule. A good one excites 
•envy, and entails upon its author a tboiv 
fand mortifications : he finds hinjfelf a^: 
failed by partial and ilUhumoured-criticifm^. 
one man finds fault with the plan, another 
with the ftyle, a third with the precept whicji 
it drives to inculcate; and. t}i^ who caa- 
not fucceed in fitnding iault wkb the.^ book^ 



( '34 ) 

employ themfclves in fligraatizing its au-* 
thor. They malicioufly rake out from ob- 
fcurity every little circumftance which may 
throw ridicule upon his private character 
or conduft, and aim at wounding the man 
fince they cannot hurt the writer. In Qiort, 
to enter the lifts of literature is wilfully to 
expofe yourfelf to the arrows of ncglcdV^ 
ridicule, envy, and difappointment. Whe- 
ther you write well or ill, be affured that 
you will not efcape from blame. Indeed 
this circumftance contains a young auihor*s 
chief confolation : he remembers that Lope 
dc Vega and Calderona had unjuft and en^ 
vious critics, and he modeftly. conceives 
himfelf to be exadly in their, predicament. 
But lam Gonfcious that all thefe (age ob^- 
fervations are thrown away upon you. 
Authorfliip is a mania, to conquer which jio 
reafons arc ft>fficiently ftrong.; and you 
xiiigbt as eafily perfuade me not to love, as 
1 perfuade you not to write* However^ if 
you cannot help being occafionally.feiz^d 
vith a poetical paroxyfro, take at kail thfi 
, - />. precautiottj 



( *S5 ) 

ppecaution of connmunioathig your verfos 
K]J none but tho^ whofe- partiality for yoii 
fecures their approbation." :^t 

. " Then^ my lord, you do not think thefe 
lin^ toleraJ?k ?" faid TA^Cxiore, with art 
hua)ble»and dcjeded air, ; 

*^ 'You millakemy meaning. As I faid 
befoTe^ they iuvc pleafed mc muchibui 
my regard foh you makes me partial, and 
others.. m%ht judge them lefs favourablyi 
I xnuft ftill remark, that even my prejudice 
in your fiivGur does not blind me fo mu'cli 
as to prevent my obferving feveral faults; 
For inftance, you make a terrible confufioq 
of metaphors.;, you are too apt to make the 
ftrength of your lines confift more in thf 
words than fenfe; fome of the verfes feem 
introduced only in order to rhyme with 
Others ;• and..moft of the beft ideas are bor- 
rowed fiom other poets, though poffibly 
youare un€onfcio,us of the theft yourfejfe 
Thefe faults n;iay occafionally be excufe4 
in a work of length ; but a fbort poem miifl^ 
he corred aad perfqdl. " ,^y 



*^ All this is true, fegftor j biit' you? 
fliould confidcx that 1 only write for plea- 
fure/* 

' ** Your defefts are the lefs cxcufable* 
Their incorreftnefs may be forgiven^ who 
work for money^ who are obliged to com- 
plete a given tafk in a given time, and are 
paid accordiag to the bulk, not value, of 
their produdions. Bwt in thofe whom no 
peceflity forces to turn author, who merely 
write for fame, and have full leifure to po- 
Jiih their compofitions,.faults are unpardon-^ 
^le,. and merit the (harped ^arrows of criti- 
cifm.'' 

The marquis rofe from the foplia; the 
page looked difcouraged and melancholy ;; 
and this did not efcape his mifter's' obfer- 
vat ion. 

** However,** added he, fmiling, ^^ I think, 
that thefe lines- do you no difcredit. Your 
Verfificatidn il toferably eafy, and your eaf 
fcems tobe juft. Theperufal of your lit tie 
poem upon the whole gave me muchplea- 
fure ; and If it is not afking too- great a fa- 
. : -' S vx)ur,, 



( 137 ) 
vonr, I (hall be highly obliged to you for a 
copy/' ■ ^ ^ ^ 

The youth's countenance immediateljr 
cleared up. He perceived not the fmile, 
half approving, half ironical, which accom- 
panied Uie rc-queft, and he promifed the 
copy wiih great readinefs. The marquis 
withdrew to his chamber, much amufed by 
the inftantaneous efFcft produced upon 
Theodore's vanity by the conclufion of his 
criiicifm. He threw himfelf upon his couch^ 
fleep foon flole over him, and his dpaaais 
pcefented him with thc^ moft flat:tenr>g pi€-*. 
Jures of happinefs with Agnes. 

On reaching the hot^l de Medina, Ijq^ 
renzo^s firft care was to enquire for letters. 
He found feveral waiting for him ; but that 
which he fought was not amongft them. 
Leonella had found it impoffible to write 
that evening. However, her impatience to 
fccure Don Chriftoval's heart, on which (he 
flattered herfelf with having made noflighc 
impreffion, permitted her not to pafs ati- 
other day without informing him whera 



( *3.3 ) 
(he was to be found. On her return from 
the Capuchin- church, (lie had related to her 
filler, with exultation, how attentive an 
handfome cavalier had been to her; as alfo 
how his companion had undertaken to plead 
Antonia's caufe witli the marquis de las 
Cifternas. Elvira received this intelligence 
with feafations very different fron:]^thofe with 
which it was communicated. She blamed 
her fitter's imprudence in confiding her 
hiftory to an abfolute ftranger, and ex- 
preffed her fears left this inconfiderate ftcp 
Ihould prejudice the marquis againft her» 
The greateft of her apprebenfions flic con* 
cealed in Iier own big^ft. She had obferved, 
with inquietude, that at the mention of Lo* 
renzo a deep blulh fpread iifelf over her 
daughter's cheek. The timid Antonia dar^d 
not to pronounce his name. Without know- 
ing wherefore, (he felt embarraffed when he 
was made the fubjedt of difcourfe, and en- 
deavoured to change ;he qonverfacion to 
Atnbrofio. Elvira perceived the emotions 
of this young bofora ;. ii> confequence, (lie 

infifted 



( 139 ) 

infifted cipon Leonella's* breaking her pro- 
niife to the cavaliers. A figh, which on 
hearing this order cfcaped from Antonia/ 
confirmed the wary mother in her refolutioh/ 
Through this refolution Leonella was 
determined to break : (lie conceived' it to 
be infpired by envy, and that her fifter 
dreaded her being elevated above her. 
Without imparting her defign to any one, 
(he took an opportunity of difpatching the 
following note to Lorenzo : it was delivered 
to him as foon as he woke : 
■■•'-■■■. i. • •/ f 

- <« Ddbbddf I S^nor Don Lorenzo, yoii 
have frequently accufed me of ingratitude 
and forgetfulnefs : bilt jon the word of a vir- 
gin it was out of my po^cr to perform ray 
promrfe yefterday, I know not in what 
words to inform you, how ftrange a recap* 
tion" my fifter gave'your kind wi(h to vific 
her. She is an odd woman, with many good 
points about her ; but her jealoufy of me 
frequently makes her conceive notions quite 
undccouiitable. On hearing that your friend 



( I40 ) 
had paid fome liule attention to me, (he 
immediately took the alarm: (lie blamed 
my conduft, and has abfolutely forbidden 
roc to let you know our abode. My ftrong 
fenfe of gratitude for your kind oflTers of 
fcrvicc', and- fliall I confefs it ? -my 

defirc to behold once more the loo amiable 
Don Chriftoval, will not pei*mit h^y obey 
ing her injundions. I have therefore ftolerf 
a moment to inform you, that we lodge in 
the ftrada di San Jago, four doors from the 
palace d*Albornos, and: nearly, oppofite to 
the barber's Miguel Coello. Enquire for 
Bonna Elvira Dalfa, fincc> jitbdrfipTiance 
with^ her father-rn-law*s order, my fiftetf 
continues to be called by her maiden name. 
At eight this evening you Will j be fiire of 
finding us : but let not a word'drop, which 
may raife a fufpicion of my halving wrirren 
this letter. Should you fee the Cond6 d*Of-. 

forio, tell hitri 1 blu(h while I declare 

it— -tdl him that his pr^fence 'will be 
but too acceptable to the fympatheric 

The 



(. '41 ) - 

• The latter fentences w'ei^ written in red 
ink, to expreft ihe bluflaes of her check 
while Ihe committed an outrage upon her 
virgin modefty. 

Lorenzo had no fooner perufed this 
note, than he fet out in fearch of Don Chrif- 
toval. Not being able to find him in the 
courfeofthe day, he proceeded to Donna 
Elvira's alone, to Leonella's infinite difaps^ 
pointment* The domeftic by whom he 
fent up his name having already declancd 
h\$ lady to be at home, (lie had no excufc 
for rcfafing his vifit : yet (he confented tb 
receive it with miKh Teludtance. That rc« 
ludiance was inctealfed by- the changes 
which his approach produced in Antonia's 
•countenance 5 nor was it by any means 
abated, when- the- youth himfelf appeared. 
The fymmetry of his perfon, animation df 
his features, and natural rilegance of . hfe 
manners and addrcfs, convinced- Elviiu 
that fuch a gucft mud be dangerous for 
her daughter. She refolved to treat him 
with diftant politcnefs, to decline his fei;<- 



( H2 ) 
vices with gratitude for the tender of them, 
and to make him feel, without offence, that 
bis future vifits woujd be far from accepta- 
ble. 

Oa his entrance he found Elvira, who 

was indifpofcd, reclining upon; a fopha^ 

.'Aotonia fat by her embroidery frame; and 

Leonella, in a paftoral drefs, held ^^ Monte-- 

mayor's Diam^^ In fpiie of her being the 

mother of Antonia, Lorenzo could not help 

.cxpeding to find in Elvira Leonella's true 

fitter, and the daughter of ^* as honeft a 

tpains-takingfhoemakeras any in Cordova/' 

•A fingle glance was fufficient to undeceive 

him. He beheld a woman whofe features, 

though impaired by time and forrow, ftill 

bore the marks of diftingui(hed beamy : a 

ferious dignity reigned upon her counte- 

pance^ but was tempeied by a grace and 

fweetnefs which rendered her truly cnchant- 

jng. Lorenzo fancied that (he muft have 

orcfembled her daughter in her youth, aad 

yieadily excufed the imprudence of the late 

Condc.de }as Cifternas* She Refined him 

to 



.( H3 ) 

to be feated> and immediately refunicd 
bcr place upon the fopha. 

Antonia received him with afimplere* 
verence, and continued her work: her 
cheeks were fuffufed with crimfon, and 
(he ftrove to conceal her emotion by lean* 
ing over her embroidery frame. Her aunt 
alfo chofe to play off her airs of modefty^ 
fiieaffeaedto bluih and tremble, and waited 
with her eyes caftdownto receive, as (he 
expcfted, the compliments of Don Clirifto- 
val. ^Finding, after fome time, that no fign 
ctf his approatrh was given, fhe ventured to 
look round the room, and perceived with 
vexation that Medina was unaccompanied. 
^Impatience would not permit her waiting 
for an explanation*: interrupting Lorenzo, 
who was dclivermg Raymond's me(&ge, 
(he defired to know what was bccomcr of 
his friend. 

He, who thought it neceflfary to main- 
tain himfelf in her good graces, ftrove to 
confole her under her difappoititment by 
committing a litde violence upoa truth. 



( M4 ) 

' '* Ah ! ffegndra/' he replied in a melan- 
choly voice^ «* how grieved will he be at 
Jofing this opportunity of paying you his 
refpeds 1 A relation's illncfs has obliged him 
to -quit Madrid in balle : but on his -rew 
turn be will doubtlefs feize the firft mo* 
ment with iranfport to throw himfelf at 
your feet!" 

As he faid this, his eyes met thofe of 
Elvira: fl^e puni(bed his falfehood fuffi- 
(ciently by darting at him a look expreflive 
of difpleafure and reproach. Neither did 
the deceit anfwer his intention. Vexed and 
difappointed, Leonella rofe from her feat, 
and retired in dudgeon to her own apart- 
ment. 

Lorenzo hafltened to repair the fault 
v/hicb had injured him in Elvira's opinion. 
'He related bis converfation with the mar- 
quis refpeding her : he affured her that 
Raymond was prepared to acknowU<jge 
Jier for his brother's widow ; and that, till 
it was in his power to pay bis cQoaplimen'ts 
to her iaperfon^ Lorenzo Wt^s commiflioned 

!.'..' to 



( 145 •") 

to fupply his place. This intelligiJiKre'rc* 
lieved Elvira from an heavy weight of un* 
eafinefs : (he had now found a proteftor 
for the fatherlcfs Antonia, for whofe future 
fortunes (he had fufTcred the greafteft tppre- 
henfions. She was not fparing of her thanks 
to him, who had interfered fo generoufly in 
her behaK*i but ftill (lie gave him no invi- 
tation to repeat his vifit. However, when 
upon rifing to depart he requefted permif- 
fion to enquire after her health occafionally, 
the polite eameftnefs of his manner, grati- 
tude for his fervices, and refpeft for his 
friend the marquis, would not admit ^ a 
refufal. She confented reluftantly to re- 
ceive him : he promifed not to abufe her 
goodnefs, and quitted the houfc. 

Antonia was now left alone with her mo- 
ther : a temporary (ilence enfued. Both' 
wi(hed to fpeak upon the fame fubje(9:, but 
neither knew how to introduce it. Theooe 
felt a ba(hfulnefs which fealed up her-lip?, 
and for which (he could not accounts- the 
other feared to find her appreheniioas triie^l 

YoL. 11. H ^^ 



( h6 ) 
or to infpirc her daughter with notions to 
wh^ch flhe. might be ftill a (Iranger. At 
length Elvira began the converfation. 

" That is a charming young man, An- 
toniai I am much pleafed with him. Was 
be long near you ycfterday in the cathe* 
dial ?•' . 

; " He quitted me not for a moment wliilc 
I (hid in the church : be gave me his feat^ 
and was very obliging and attentive.** 

"Indeed ? Why then have you never 
mentioned hb natne to me ? Your aunt 
lanched out in praife of his friend, and you 
vauDted Ambrono's eloquence : but nei* 
ther laid a word of Don Lorenzo's perfoa 
and accompli(bments. Had not Leonella 
fpoken of bis readinefs to undertake our 
cauie, I (hould not have known him to be 
ULcxiflcnce." 

She paufed. Antonia coloured, but was 
filent. 

.y Perhaps yow judge him lef&favburably 
than :I do« In my opinion his .figure is 
pll^ngjrbis converfation fenfible^and man-. 

ncrs 



i U7 ) 

ners engaging. ? Still he may bave^ftruckS 
you diffeifemly : you may think him diP 
agreeable/ and— —'* 

** Difagreeable? Oh ! dear mother, hpwr 
fboujki I poffibly think him fo ? I fliould 
be vfry ungr;ate&l were I not fenfible of hiB-' 
kindnefs yefterday, aiid very blind if his- 
merits had cfcaped me. His figure is fo 
graceful, fo noble ! His manners fo gentle, 
yet fo manly ! I never yet fiiw fo many ac- 
complilhmelnts united in one perfon, and I 
doubt whether Madrid can produce his 
equal." 

^9 Why then were you fo fijeatin praife 
of. this phoenix of Madrid ? Why was it 
concealed' fnoo) me, that his fociety had af- 
forded yoiipleafure ?" 

<* In trutli, I knoW^Qot : you afk me a - 
queftion which I cannot refolve myfelE I . 
was on the point of mentioning him a thou- 
sand times ; his nanie was conftantly on my 
lipsi| but vihen 1 wouW have pronounced 
ii,.-! wanted ^Qwrage to execute my deCgn./ 

'; : - H 2 IJowevert 



( 148 > 

However, if I did not fpeak of him, it Was 
not that I thought of him (he lefs.'* 

•* That I believe. But (hall I lell you 
why you Wanted courage ? It was becaufe, 
accuftonied to confide to me your moft Se- 
cret thoughts, you knew not 'how to cort- 
ceal, yrt feared. to acknowledge, thdt your 
heart nourilhed a fentiment which you 
Were confcious I ihould difapprove. -Come 
hither tome, my child." 

Antonia quitted her embrdfdery 'frame, 
threw herfelf upon her'fcneesby the fopha, 
and hid her face in her mother's lap.' 

" Feariiot, my fweet girl I <ionfider hie 
equally as -your friend and parent, and'ap- 
pr<jhcnd no reproof from me. I have read 
the emotions of your bofom ; you are yet 
ill fkilled in concealing them, and they 
could not efcapc my attentive eye. This 
Lorenzo is dangerous to your repofe ; he 
has already made an impreflion lipon your 
heart. Tistrue that I perceive eafily that 
^your affeftion is returned.: but what can be 
9 the 



( w ) 

the (;pnft:qu€pc€3 of this attachmeirt ?. You 
are poor a^d frieodlefs^ my Amonia 5 Lo^ 
renzo is the heir of ili« duke of Mtdrntt 
Cejiv Even fliould himfelf mean honour* 
ably,, his uDcle never will confent to yowr 
unjpn J .^or, withoatihat uncle's confent, 
will Jr. By fad. experience I know what 
f9rro>y^(he muft endure, who marries into 
a. family unwilling to receive her. Then 
ftruggle with yo^r ^fiPed^ipn :. whatever 
painfjt. may coft yon, ftrive toconquer it. 
Your heart is tender and fufceptible i it 
has already received a ftrong impreBion;; 
but when once convinced tha^t yoij (hould 
not encourage. fuch fenrtiments, 1 trufb that 
you have fufficient fortitude to drive thein 
from your bofom." 

Anronia kifled her hand, and promifed 
implicit obedience. Elvira then conti- 
nued-: 

*^ To prevent your paflTon from growing 

ftronger, it will be needful to prohibit Lo- 

fein^o's vifits. The fcrvice which, he has 

tcncicred mc permits not my forbiddirvg 

H 3 xhx'^ssw 



( I50 ) 
iKero pofitively i buc unlefs I jtidge too fa- 
vourably of hit charadtff, lie tvtll difrtrt- 
tinue thiem withovit taking offence, if I 
iroafefs to him my reafons, and thVow my- 
fclf entirely oo his gcfte«)firy. The next 
.time that I fee him, I will boneftly avow 
tofaimi the embarrafiment mh]^ his |Hre- 
ienceoccafions. How fty yotj, my child ? 
Js not this meafurc neCeffary ?*' 

Antonia fubfcribed t& every thing with- 

• out hefitatloi), though not without regret. 

Hier mother kiffed her affeftionateiy^ artd 

retired to bed* Antonra foHowed her ex- 

;ample^ and vowed fo freqtiently never 

.i&ore to think of LoreD20/ that tilfi ikep, 

iClofed ker eyts Ske ihougbt of i^ithing 

elfe* . - - 

; While thii wa^ jxaffing at ElviraV,* 1.0- 

-rtnzQ haftened to rejoia the ifnarquis. 

Every thing was ready for the fecortd 

elopement of Agnes ; and at twelve the 

two friends with a coa<*h and four v^ere at 

the garden-wallrof the convent. Don R^* 

40iond drew out his key, and unlocked* ifie 

;;.;. \ . doOr. 



( 161 ) 

door; Tliey entered, and waited for foifa^ 
time inexpe^ationof being joined by Agne?; 
At length the naarquis grew impaticnc : be* 
ginning to fear that his fecond. attenmpt 
would fucceed no better than the firft^' be 
propofed to reconnoitre the conveiiti The 
friends advanced towards it. Every thing 
was dill and dark/ The piioiefs was ao- 
xious to keep the ftory afeciet, fearing left 
checFinneof oneof its members (bould .bring 
Aifgrace upon the whole community, brthat 
the interpofition of powerful relations ft ouJd 
deprive her Vengeance of its intended vic- 
tim* She took care therefore to giVe the 
lover of Agnes no caufe to fuppofe that his 
defign wus di^ovisred, and hts ini^ftrefs oDr 
the point of fufFering the puniQimenc of 
her fault. The fame reafon made her irejeft 
the idea of arreftihg the unknown fedttetii 
in the garden: fuch a proceeding- ivoujd 
have Created much diftorbance, and the 
difgtace of her convent would have been 
<K>ifed about Madrid. She contented her- 
felf with confining Agnes clofely ; a^to the 
H 4 V^^^^ 



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Ipyer, (he left liim at liberty to purfue, hi& 
^^CgQS. -What flic had cxpcfttd was jhe. 
xefulc. .. The marquis and Lorenzo waited 
in yai,n till the break of day ; they then re* 
tired wiihout noife, alarmed at the failure 
of their plan^ and igtiorant of the caxife of its 
illfuccefs. 

.. The next morning Lorenzo went to the. 
Convent,, and rcquefted to fee his fifler. 
The pjior^fs appeared at the grate with a 
meknf holy countenance. She informed hiat 
ti:a.t for feveral days Agnes had appearcil^ 
niuch agitated ; that (he bad been prefle4^ 
by the .nuns invain to reveal the capfe^ 
and apply to their tendernefs for,a,dyi<;e^ 
a (id coafolation.; that Qie had obAinate^y^ 
perlifted in concealing the caufe of her d^C-^f^ 
trefs J hqt that on Thurfday e^eriin^ it Ea,^\ 
produced fo violent an effcxSt upon her cor^-»^ 
ftitution, ilut flic had fay en ill,. and.,wa^, 
adually confined to her^bed-j LQr?n2;?^J 
did not credit a fy liable of this account tiLher 
ini]ilcd upon. feeing \^is fifterj if; &e;;W^*, 
unable to cooi^q to the g|axc,. h« de/if^d jp, 

he 



( X53 ) 

be admitted to her cell. The prioreft 
croffed hcrfelf ! (h« was (hocked at the ver^ 
idea of a trial's. profane eye pervading the; 
interior of her holy manfion, artd profefled 
herfelf aftpnifl^ed that Lorenzo could think 
of fuch a thing.. She told him that his re-* 
queft could not be granted ; but that, if 
he returned the next day, (he hoped that 
her beloved daughter would then be fuffi^' 
ciently recovered to join him at the parlour 
grace. With this anfwer Lorenzo was- 
obliged to retire, uqfatisficd, and trembling. 
for his fi(lcr*sy£iifety, 

- Hie returned, the next morning at an. 
early hour. *• Agneis was wor(c ;. the phyfi- 
cian had jproriounced her to be in imminent 
danger ; (he was ordered to remain quier, 
afid it w|^ uttfcrJy'impo(ribIe for h$r to re- 
eeiv;? hcrbrotbcx^r's viCnV' l^renzo ftormed^ 
at'this^aitfwer|^^bu5;hcFe was no refoorce..' 
Hcrayedy he^cptreated, hethreaiened ; no 
means were left untried to obtain a (ight of 
Agno^. tXis endeavouf?. were as froitlcfs as*' 
i;hof69f.tb^iUy.biffpr^^^^ returned inr 

H 5 ^\v^\x 



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defpair to the marquis. On bisfidcy. the 
latter had Ipared no pains to difcover wbac 
had occafioned his plot to fail. Don Chrif* 
u>val> to whom the affair was now entcuft* 
9d, endeavoured to worm out the fecrec 
from the old porterefs of St. Clare, with 
whom he had formed an acquaintance ( 
but fl>e was too much upon her guard,, and 
he gained from her no intelligence. > The 
marquis was almoft diftradted, and Lx)-. 
renzo felt fcarcely lefs inquieiude. Both 
were convinced tl>at the purpofed elope*- 
mcnt muft have been difo^vered ^ they 
doubted not but the malady of Agnes was 
a pretence, but they fcnew hot by what 
ifieans to refcue her from the hands of the- 
priorefs. ' 

Regularly every day did Lorenzo-vifit 
the convent : as regularly was he ii^fornied 
that his filler rather grew worfe than bet- 
ter. Certain that her rndrfpofition was 
ftigned, thefe accounts did not alarm him : 
but bis ighoratice of her fete, and of the 

mbtivw which ihtfacedtlie^pnoircfs'tb'fc 

; r;ii> ' V li her 



( ris- ) 
fier from him, excited the moft ferious vti^ 
eafinefs. He was ftill uncertain what ffepi 
he ought to take, when the marquis rccciv"- 
ed a letter from the cardinal-duke of Ler- 
ma. It tnclofed the pope*s expefted bull; 
ordering that Agnes flhould be rcleafe^ 
from her vows, and reftored to her rela- 
tions. This effential paper decided at! 
once the proceedings of her friends ; the/ 
refolved that Lorenzo (hould carry it to thei 
domina without delay, and demand that his 
Vifter fliould be inftantly given up to him.* 
Againft this mandate illnefs could not be 
pleaded : it gave lier brother the power ot 
removing her inftantly to the. palace de 
Medina, and he determined to ufe that: 
power on the following day. 

His triind relieved from inquietude re-- 
fpefting his fifter, and his fpirits raifed by" 
the hbpe of foon reftoring her to freedom, 
h6 now had time to give a few moments ta 
lov'e and to Antonia. At the fame hour as 
on his former vifit, he repaired to Donn^ 
Elvira's, ^lie had given orders fbt Vvvi^A.- 

'^ H6 m\^v^^% 



( ij6 ) 

llliflion. As foon as he was announced, her 
daughter retired with Leonclli ; and when 
ke^ntcred the chamber, he foudd the hdy 
of the houfe alone. She received him with 
kfs diftance than before^ and defined him to 
•place himlelf near her upon the fopha. She 
then, without lofing time, opened her-^ju- 
iinefs^ as had been agreed between berfeif 
and Antonia. 

: ** You muft not think, mc ungrateful, 

■ Don Lorenzo, or forgetful how cffemial are 

the fervices which ycu have rendered.me 

with the marquis. I feel rhe weight- xaf-nry 

obligations : noihing under the fun/lhould 

induce my taking the ilep to which! am. 

now compelled, but the intereft of nay 

child, of my beloved Antonia, My hcalvh 

is declining; God only knows how foon; I 

. may be fummoned before his throne. My 

daughter will be left wkhout pacent-Sj and^ 

ftiould ihe lofe the protedion of the Cif- 

tcrnas family, without friends. Sheis.young. 

and artlefs, uniriftrufted in the world'sper- 

'^Ay, and with charms fufficieQC to render 

hec 



( *57 > 

her aa objeft of: feduiSiioa. Jiidge then 
how I iniift tremble ac the profped: before 
ber ! Judge, how aaxiouslmiift be tokecp 
Jber from their ibciecy who may excite the 
yet dormant paffions of her bofom. Yea 
are amiable, Don Lorenzo ^ Antonia has a 
fufceptiblej a loving heapt, and is grateful 
for. the favours conferred upon- us by your 
interference with the marquis. Your pr©» 
fence makes me trembler I fear left it 
ihouid tnffire her with fentiments.. which 
may embitter the remainder o£her liiby or 
encourage her to cberilh hopes in her iiro» 
ation^njuftiiiabIeaDdfutile» Pasdon me^ 
. when I avow my tercors, and let my fipank* 
nefs plead in my excufer I cannot Sotbid 
you my houfe^ for gratitude rcftrains mc; 
: 1 can only throw myfelf upon your geoero- 
jUij, and entreat you to fpare tbefbelingsof 
an anxious, of a doting mother. ; Believe 
me .whenlaflure you^ that Mamenttbe 
ncceifity of rejeding your acquaintance;* 
but there is no remedy, and Aoltdiria^s in* 
; lertft obligef^ mo tobeg yoa:t(^(ȣb6ar your 
'■ri '<^^^^% 



v'fits. By complying with my requeftyOUy. 
iriil iocrcafc the cftcem which I silready 
feel for you, and of which every thing 
convinces me that you arc truly deferv- 

i « Your franknefs charms me/' replied 
Lorenzo : ** Yoii (hall find, that in your 
favourable opinion of me you were not de- 
ceived ; yet I hope that the reafonsnowin 
tay power to allege, will perfuade you to 
\*ididraw a requeft which I cannot ob^y 
without infinite relo6tance. I love y'oui* 
daugbtcr, love her moft fincerely ; I wi(h 
i^rno greater happinefs than to infpite her 
wikh the fame fentiments, and receive her 
hand at the altar as her hufband . *Tis t riie 
I am not rich myfelf, my father's death hai 
left me but licile in my own pofleflfen * 
but my cxpcftations jutttfy rhy prete'ndi6g 
Wihe Conde de las Cifternas - dailghtir/* 

, He:wa5:procccding,butElviitiinterftifjt^ 
od him-*— --* 

jjf^ Ah;l DoniLoretizo, you forget in thdtf 
pttDpouft'title tiie numiiiefd^^f myortg^n^i- 



( m ) 

You forget, that I have now paffcd fourteert 
ye^rs in Spaio^ difavowed by my bufband'ft 
family, a^nd exifting upon a ftipend barely 
fuf&cicnt for the fupport and education of my 
daughter. Nay, I have even been ncglefted 
by moft of my own relations, who out of 
envy aflfefl: to doubt the reality of my mar- 
riage. My allowance being difcontinued at 
my«fathier*int-law^s. deaths I was reduced to 
die very brink of iwant. In this iituation I 
WAS found by my fifter, who, amongft all 
her.foibIc3> pbffeffeiawann, generous, and 
afiet^i<9nate^ heart. §he aided me with the 
little fortupq.iwbiclxoiy father left hcr> 
perfuaded oie to vifit Madrid, and ba8.(upt 
parted uny child and[ myfelf iince-our quttf: 
tbg^Murda. > Tben^ confider not Antoata 
as descended from the Conde delas Gifter* 
nas ; J cotiiiderfadr a^apoor and unproce6be<l 
orphan^ as the grand- child of thetradtfmaii* 
Xo^riioio Datta^ as' the ^edy penfionehof 
that tradefman's daughter* ^ Reflect upon^ 
the difference between fuch a fituatioA artd 
that^of^-the Mfiha^ufnAihtk of theipoteat 



C ^^0 ) 

duk€ of Medinaw 1 believe yolii" ihteiitiotit ' 
ro be honourable; but as tlicre are' ho :h6pc$ ' 
ihat your uncle will approrc of the unloq^v J ' 
foFefce that the confcquences of your at*, 
lachment muft be fatal io my chitcfs ic- 
pofc/' ^^ ' 

^* Pardon me, Segnoraj^ you are mifih- ' 
formed if you fappofe the d»kc of Medini* * 
to refemble the generality of men. ^His 
fentiments are liberal and'difintcreftrd; he- 
loves me well, and l have no reaforr w 
dread hia forbidding the mai^riage,* when bo 
perceives, that my happinefs depdnds upon? 
Aivtonrai But fuppofthg htm fo reftjf6^ hisi 
fawSion^ what have I ftill to fear ? My ^a-^ 
jrcnts are no-more; my little fortune Mitt 
my own poffeflSon ; ifc^lbe.fuflkidnrtd 
fuppcSrt Antonia, and I (ball exsdhange fot 
hei'i^^nd Medina's dtikedoin without ^one 
Tighof rcgrist*'* • : • - • 

: >f'You are young and eager; It is natural 
for you to cnjtertain fuch ideas.* Butexpe^* 
flence has taught meforoy coftj^ibafeoiirfek? 
»cCQ£npiLpy »n un.c<iua}.aJili»c.^i . Iiawdcd? 

.//// the 



( »6* > 

the Conde de las Cifternas in opp(>fuion i0t 
t})e will of his relations; tetany, an IjeaKn- 
pang has pum(bed me for die in>prudent;^ 
flep. Wherever we- bent our courfe, a fa- 
ther's execratipn^purfued Gonzalva. Po-^ 
verty overtook us, and no friend was. near, 
to relieve our wants. Still oqr mutual af* 
fedion cxifted, but, alas ! not without inter- 
ruption. Accuflomed to wealth and eafe^ 
ill could my huiband fupport the tranfitioa 
to diftrefs and it^digeace. _He looked back; 
with J;epiningf;t9 the comfqr^ which ,hc 
once, enjoyed. He r^retted the fituatioa 
which for i^y (ake be. had quitted ;. aod, ia 
mpo^eotfl wbep defpair pofTefled bi$ mii4» 
ha$ rj^rpaqbed mf with baying made hiixt , 
th^ cgoxipanipnof want and ^rerdiednef^i^ . 
He has^^lled rne bis banc: I the fource pf faif 
rorro\ys,jtbe c^uf^.of bis d^ftrix^ion ! Ah 1 
God! he little knew how much keen<jc^ 
were my own Ive^i's reproaches ! He was ig* 
nor3iitt|iat I fuffered trcbly^for cqyfc|f,,fot.. 
n)y.c\vldrenj,j»nd for himj T^ cru^ th^t , 
u his 



< »6a ) 

his anger feldotn lafted long: hi^ ftnccrc af- 
fed^ion for me fooii reived in ' bis heaft, 
and then his repentance for thcf t^ars wt^ich 
he had made me flied, tortured 'me cVtti 
more than his repro&ches. Hfe would 
throw himfclf on the ground, implor* my 
forgWencfs in the moft frarttic terms j ^fld 
h>ad himfelf whh curfes for bein^ thcf'toti^* 
derer of my rcpofe. Taught by experierite, 
that an union contrafted againft the ihc)f« 
nations of families on either fide thuft t>e 
unfortunate, I will fave my JAughteir from 
fhofe miferies which! have fuffered, WitR- 
jt^t your uncle's confent, white I Jive, (he 
acver (hall be youts, Undout^ly he ivijl 
^ifapprove of the union ; hh pdwfer is »fr>- 
mcnfe, and Antonia Siall ttot beexpofed to 
his anger and perftcCKiort.'* 
• ** His perfecution ? How eafily may that 
be avoided^!' Let the worft' happen, it is 
but quitting Spain. My wealth may eafily 
be realifed. The -Itidian' iflands will ofTet 
VB a fecur^r^reati I have dneftate,f bough 
i . not 



( I^S ) 

not. of value, in.Hifpartiola :,thkher will \ve 
&Yf and.[ihall,fxi>nfidei^ it (o he my native 
couDtryiif it gives meimtoni&^sundidurbed 

poflTefljoru*' 

*y Ab ! youth, this is a fondy comatuic 
viiion. Gonzal vo thougia the fame. He 
fancied that he could leave Sp^n vrithoiit 
regret ; but the nHHhent of parting cindc- 
ceived him. You know not yet vrhat ii is 
to quit your native land : to quititi never 
to 4>€hold it more ! You know fiot whit it 
ifr to exchange -die fccnes where you have 
paflfed your infancy, for unknotni realms 
and barbarous dimates t— to be forgotten, 
itt^rly> eternally f<*got(en by the compa* 
Bions of y^ur youth! — to- fee yourdeareft 
friends, the fondcft obj^As of yotjr affeAion, 
pcrifliing with difeafes incidental to Indian 
acfflofphofrB, ai^d- find yourfelf unable to 
procure for them necQflary affiftance ! I 
jiave felt all thisi My hulband and tw*o 
fweet babes found their graves in Cuba : 
nothing would have faved Jsxy young An- 
tonia, but my foddcn return to Spain. Ah ! 

Don 



( »«4 ) 

^Son Lorenzo, could you coa^ivc what I 
'fiiSered daring my abfencel ■• Cobld^ yo« 
jfjaow how forety 1 Fegreiced:^.ail that I'iefc 
behindi and how dear to me was the vcrj 
iiame of Spain ! L envied the v/inds which 
blew .towards^ it:' and wlien^ the SpaniXH 
failor chaunted^ forxie' wellrknowa airjis i)e 
paffed my windov^,- tears filled my f.yes> 
whilal thought uponmynarive.laad, Goor 
Zalvo too- -my hu&and— — *' 

£lvira paufed, H)cr voice faltered^ an^ 
(he concealed her face with her handkec* 
chief. After a (hort iilence (he rofe from 
the- fopha,, and proccccjcd— — 

** Excufe my quitting you. for a few mo- 
ments ;.tl^e remembrance of.whatibavt 
fuffered has much agitated me, and I need 
to be alone. Till I return^ perufetKcfe 
Iir.es.. Afwr my hufband'si.dcajh I. foujid 
them among bis papers. Had. I knowa 
fooner that he entertained fuch. fentimeojs, 
grief would have killed me. Hawrpte th^a 
verfes dahisyoj^ge toCuba» whf nkhi? gitind 
uas clouded by forrow, and} be forgot that 

•■"be 



'he had a wffe a6d children. What we are 
lofing ever fectns to vis the -mbft predoli'S. 
Gonzalvo^wasquitting Spain for ever, «nd 
therefore was Spain dearer to his €yes than 
all elfe which the world contained. Read 
them Don^LorenzQ, tliey will give you fonie 
iidea of the feelings of a baniflied mao.*^ 

Elvira put a paper into Lorenzo's hand^ 
and retired fro.rii the chamber. The youth * 
examined the. contents, and found them to 
be as follows.: • • 

THE EXILE. 

FAREWEL'L, 'dh native Spain! f^irewell for ..ever ! 
Thefe banifhed eyes (hall vie\¥ thy coalls no more ; 
A mournful pftfage tells my heart, rtiat never 
: Cronzalvo's fteps again (hall prefs thy /hof &• 

Huflied are the winds.; vrhJit foft the veffcl. failing 
With gentle motion plows the unruffled main, 

I feci my borom'«l)oafted courage failing, - «! 
Atfcd curfe the wave!* ^tch ^bcar mc iar from Spaltl. 

I fee It yet 1 Beneath yon blue clear heaven 
Still do the fphcs, fo well-beloved, appear. 

From yonder craggy point the gale of even 

Still wafts my native accents to mine tkr, ' 

Proppej 



X i66 3 

At>pped on £omt motB-avwned rock^ and gaify iHigmgi 
There in tliefun hit Acts the Bfhcrdniesr ' 

Oft have I heard the plaintive ballad, brioging 
Scenes of paft joys before my furrowing eyes. 

Ah! happy fwain! he waits the accufton^edbour^,., . 

When twilight-gloom obfcures the doling GjLy ; , .. 
Then gladly fecks his loved paternal bower. 

And fhares the feaft his native fields ftipply, 

Friendfhip and Loye, his cottage gupfts, receive hin^ 
With honeft welcome and with fmile fincere : 

No threatening woes of prtfent joys bereave him; 
No figh his bofom owns^ his cheek no teas*. - 

Ah ! happy fwain ! fuch blifs to me denying, 
Fortune thy lot with envy bids me view ; 

Me» who, from home and Spain an exile flying. 
Bid all I value, all I lo¥e,:adieu. 

No more mine earfhaR lift the well-kno^ ditty 
Sung by fome mount ain*girl, who t^nJls tier goats, 

Some villagc-fwain imploring amorous pity, 
Or (hepherd chanting Wild his ruflic notes. 

No more my arms a parent !$ fond embraces. 
No more my heart domeftic calm muft know f 

Far from thefejoys, with (ighs which memory traces, '^ 
To fuUry fkles and diftant climes I go. 

Where Indian funs eageiidcc new dUeafes, . . . :; 
Where fnakca and tijyr&^reedjJL bend my way, , 

To 



( i67 ) 

To brave the f<^eriih thirft no nt appeales* 
The yellow plague, and nudding blaze of day* 

But not to feel flow pangs confumc my Kver, 
To die by piece-meal in the bloom of age. 

My boiling blood drartk by infatiate fever. 
And brain delirious with the day-liar's rage, 

Can make me know fuch grief, as thus to fever. 
With many a bitter figh, dear land I from thee ; 

To feel this heart muft dote on thee for ever. 
And feel that all thy joys are torn from me ! 

Ah me ! how oft will fancy's fpells, in flumberj, 

Recall my native counti7 to my mind ! 
How oft regret will bid me fadly number 

Each lod delight, and dear friend left behind ! 

Wild Murcia's vales and loved romantic bowers. 
The river on whofe banks a child I played. 

My caftle's antient halls, its frowning towers^ 

£a«h much-regretted wood, and well-known glade | 

Dveams of the land where all my wifhes centre, 
Tliy fcenes, which I am doomed no more to know. 

Pull oft fhall memory trace, niy foul's tormentor^ 
And turn each pleafure pa& to prefent woe. 

But, lot the fun beneath the waves retires ; 
Night fpceds apucc her empire to rcftore ! 

Cloudi 



( 168 ) 

Cloiidt front my figlit obfcorc iheviUs^e'^rpfrc^ i ' . * 
Now feen but ftuntiy^ and now fecn no more. 

Oh ! breathe net, winds ? Still be the water's motion! 

Sleep, (lccp» my bark» in tUeqcc on the main ! 
Soy when to-morrow's light fliall gild the ocean, 

Ooce more mine eyes (hall fee the coafl of Spain* 

Vain is the wiih ! My lad petition fcoming, 

Frefli blows the gale, and high the billows fwell : 

Far fliall we be before the break of morning : 
Oh! then, for crer, native Spain, farewelM 

Lorenzo had fcarccly time to read theft 
line?, when Elvira returned to him : the 
giving a free courfe to her tears had re« 
lievcd her, and her fpirits had regained 
their ufoal compofure. 

" I have nothing more to fa^, my lord,^ 
fatd (he ; " you have heard my apprehcii- 
fions, and my reafons for begging yoir not 
to repeat your vifits. I have thrown myfelif 
in full confidence upon your honour. I atii- 
certain, that you wili not prove my opiaien 
of you to have been too favourable." 

«' But one queflion more, Segnora, and 
I leave you. Should the duke of Medina 

approve 



< 1% ) 

approve my love» would my addrefles be 
unacceptable to yourfelf and the fair An- 
tottia?" . ;. 

** Twill be open with you, Don Lorenzo: 
there being little probability of fuch an 
union taking place, I fear that it is defired 
but too ardently by my daughter. You 
have made an impreQjon upon her young 
heart which gives me the moil ferious alarm : 
to prevent that impreffion from growing 
ftronger^ I am obliged to decline your ac- 
quaintance. For me, you may be furethat 
i.(hould rejoice at e(labh(hing.my child Co 
acjyanugeoufly. Confcious-tbat my confti* 
tution, impaired by grief and illnefs, forbids 
me to.exped a long continuance in this 
world, I tremble at the thought pf leaving 
her under the proteflion of apcrfeftftranger. 
The marquis de las Cifternas is totally unr 
known to nit. He will marry : his lady 
may look upon Antonia with an eye of difc 
pleafure, and deprive her of her only friend. 
Should the duke, your uncle, give his con- 

VoL.II. I fcnt. 



K 170 ) 

fent, you need not doubt obta,imi>g mine 
and my daughter's ; but^\*itboiit his, hope 
not for ours. At all events, whateveV'Aeps 
you may take, whatever may 'bfe-tKed tike's 
dccifion, till you know it, let me beg -your 
forbearing taftrengthenjby your prefcnce, 
Antonia's prepoflcflion. If the fanAion of 
your relations authorWes'your addreffing her 
as your wife, my dbcjirs fly open to you. lif 
that fanftion is refufed, be fatisfied to poflefs 
my efteem and gratitude, but remember 
that we mud meet no more."* . , 
• Lorenzo promifed rclu<5tantly to confdrrh 
to this decree : but he added, that behoped 
foon to obtain that confent^ which would 
give him a claim to the renewal of their ao 
quaintance. He then explained to her why 
the marquis had not called in perfon ;. and 
made no fcruple of confiding to. her .his 
fitter's hiftory. He concluded by faying', 
** that he hoped to fct Agnes at liberty the 
next day; and that, as foon as Don Kay* 
mond's fears were quieted upon this fubje(5V, 

• he 



X i7» ) 

he would lofe no time in afluring Donna 
Elvira of his friendfhip and proteftion.'* 

The lady fliook her head. 

" I tremble for your fifter/ faid (he; *^t 
have heard many traits of the domina of St. 
Clarets charader from a friend who was edu- 
cated in the fame convent with her: (he 
reported her to be haughty, inflexible, fu- 
perftitious, and revengeful. I have (incc 
heard, that (lie is infatuated with the idea of 
rendering her convent the moft regular in 
Madrid, and never forgave ihofewhofe ini- 
jprudence threw upon it the flighted (lain. 
^Thoi^gh naturally violent and fevcre,.whe|i 
her interefts require it, (he well knows how 
to a(rume an appearance of benignity. She 
leaves no means untried to perfuade young 
\yomen of rank to become members of^ her 
community : (he is implacable when once 
incenfed, and has too much intrepidity to 
(hrinkat taking the moft rigorous meafures 
for puni(hing the oflfender. Doubtlefs, flie 
will conlidcr your fifter*s quitting the con- 
I 2 vent 



t «7^ ) 

vcht as a di(grace thrown upon it: (be 
'will ufc every artifice to avoid obeying the 
inandate of his holinefs; and I (h udder to 
think that Donna Agnes is in the hands of 
this dangerous woman." 

Lx)renzo now rofe to take leave«> Elvira 
gavehini her hand at parting^which he kifled 
rcfpedfully ; and, telling her that he foon 
hoped for the permiffion to falute tiiat of 
Antonia, he returned to his hotel. The 
lady was perfcdtly fatisfied with tl>econver- 
faiion which had paffcd between them: 
ihe looked forward with fatisfadlion to ;hc 
profpeA of his becoming her fon-in-law ; 
but prudence bade her conceal from her 
daughter's, knowledge the flattering hoces 
which herfelf now ventured to entertain. 

v^r* Soaccely was it day, and already Lorenzo 
was at the convent of St. Clare, furniflied 
with, the neceflary mandate. The nuns were 
at matins. He waited impatiently for the 

vconclufion of the fervice j and at length tl)€ 
priorefs appeared at the parlour-rgrate.. Ag- 
nes 



I m ) 

nes was demanded* The dd lady replied^ 
with a melancholy air, ihat the dear child'^ 
foliation grew hourly more dangerous : diat 
the phyficians defpaired of her life; but 
that they had declared the only chance for 
her recovery to confift in keeping her quiet, 
and not to permit thofe to approach hpr 
whofe prefence was likely to agitate her. 
Not a word of all this was believed by Lo- 
renzo, any more than he credited the tx- 
preflions of grief and afFedion for Agnes 
^ith which this account was interlarded. 
To end the bufinefs, he put the ^pope*s bull 
into the hands of the domina, and infilted 
that, ill or in health, his fifter fliould be 
delivered to him without delay. 

The priorefs received the paper with an 
air of humility ; but no fooner had her ey p 
glanced over ihe contents than h^r rcfcnt- 
ment baffled all the efforts of hypocrify* A 
deep crimfon fpread itfelf over her face, 
and ihe darted upon Lorenzo looks of rage 
and menace. 

** This order is pofitive,*' faid flie, in a 
I 3 ' voice 



. ( m )' . , 

iroice of anger, which Ibe in vain flrovc to 
difguife : ** willingly would I obey ir, bur, 
tinfbrtunately, it is out of my power.** 
■ Lorenzo interrupted her by an exclama- 
tion of furprife. 

••I repeat it, Segnor, to obey this order 
is totally out of my power. From tender- 
tcft to a broiher*s feelings, I would have 
communicated the fad event to you by de- 
grees, and have prepared you to hear it 
with fortitude. My meafures are brokea 
through ; this order commands me to dicli- 
vet up to you the fifter Agnes without de- 
lay; I am, therefore, obliged to ^infonn 
^ou, without circumlocution, that on Fri* 
day laft flie expired/* 
^ ' Loreqzo ftarted back with horFor>. and 
turned pale. A moment*s recolleAion con> 
'yinced him that this alTenion muft be felfe, 
and it reftored him to himfelf. 
' /* You deceive me !'* faid he, paffionately : 
** tut five minutes paft you aflur^cf^ me 
that, ijhoogb ill, (he was ftill alive. Pro^ 
duce her this inftant 1 See her I mull and 

. will i 



( t75 ) 

wifl ; and every attfcrtipt to keep her from 
me will be nnavatlmgi'^ 

*♦ You forger yourfel^ Scghor : yoiiowe 
Fefpeft to my age ni Well as my {irofeflion»> 
You^ fifter is na moref. If I at firft con- 
cealed her death, it was from dTcading lefk 
in ^vent (6 uncxpefted (bould produce on 
yoit too ti^ient an yicft. In tmith, latti 
but ill repaid for m^rbctemion* And what 
intertft, 1 pray'yotij (Hotjld I have ifi de^ 
tiining her ? To know her wiQi of quitrfrig 
oup fociety is a fufficient reafon- fer me to 
wUk ber abfence^ and think 6er a (ti %fa<:d 
Ui tbe fiffdAoodjof.St. Cbrer fem.Qwihai 
fcrfeited my affieOion iii.a Manner yet mor* 
cblpaWe, Her cfttn^s were great; and 
vben you know tbecauft of rber deachy jou 
will doubtjefai rej<>icei Den -Loren^p^ tha^ . 
futh a w'retch .ift ne longer ines^ii^^nce. Sbe^ 
was taken; ill t>nr TiiwfdaV laft ^n retiiroiog 
from confefliort irt the Capuchm diUpct: 
her liialatiy feemed attended with ftrange: 
circumftaHcei; but (he perfe^icd in^ con- 
cealing its caufc.' TJiatiks to tbe-iVirfeiri^i 
"": '■■■. \ -^ '-'■ I 4- -.r-.. . -wie 



( 176 ) 

Tjre were too ignorant tofufpedt it I Jv^gc 
then what muft have been our conftcrnatiqir^ 
our horror, when (he was delivered the ntrxt 
day of a (till- born child^ whom (he imnje-- 
diately followed to the grave. How, &g- 
jxor ? Is it poffible that your countenabjcp 
txpreflcs DO furprife, no indignation ? ,Is }% 
poflible that your fitter's infamy .vv^as known* 
to you, and that ftill ihc poflcffed your afr; 
feftion ? In ihat cafe, you have no peedo£ 
my compaffion. I can fay notjiing morCi* 
cjcccpt repeat my inability of obeying tbe 
orders of his holinefs. Agnes is no morcj;, 
ftnd, to convince y<)u that what J. fayis^ruct - 
I.fwear by our blefledf Saviour, that thi-c^ 
days have patted fince flic was buried." .- . 2 

, Here (lie ki^ed a fmall criici^x >7rhicb( 
bung At her girdle.: (he then rofefropi bee > 
chair, ahd quitted the parlour^ Asfl>e witlj-; 
djrew ftie caft uponLorenzo aftdf nful fnnUc,. ^ 

'' Farewell, Segnor," fmd £he ; 'Vl 
know no-rjcmedy for this ac^idept-f 1 I feac: 
tlvit.€v.en,a f?jCon.d bgll from the pop^. wilL * 
nqt jpjrocurq ypur. fitter's reiiirreftiant*'.;^ J-' 
j.y . 4. I . Lorenzo 



( 177 > 

Lorenzo alfo rctiretl, penetrated with afr 
fliftioh : biit Don Raymond^s, at the news 
of this event, amounted to madncfs : He 
would not be convinced that Agnes wa$ 
really dead ; and continued to infift that 
the walls of St. Clare dill confined heri 
No arguments could make him abandon 
his hopes of regaining her. Every day fonic 
frefh fcheme was invented for procuring in- 
telligence of her, and all of them were at- 
tended with the fame fiiccefs. 

On his parr, Medina gave up the idea of 
ever (leing his fifter more ; yet hr believed 
that (lie had been taken off by unfair nieans.^ 
Under this perfuafion, he encouraged Don 
Raymond's refearches. determined, (hould*' 
he difcover the leaft warrant tor his fufpU* 
cions, lo fake a feverc vengeance upon the 
unfeeling priorefs. The lofsof his fifter af- 
fe<5ted him fincerely: nor was it the leaft - 
caufe of his diftiefs, that propriety obliged 
him for fome time to defer mentioning An- 
tonia to the duke. In the mean while, his 
cmiffaries conftantly furrounded Elvira's 
1 5 door. 



( i7« ) 

door. He had intelligence of all the move- 
ments of his miftrefs. As ftie never failed 
every Thurfday toanend ihefermon in the 
Capuchin cathedral, he was fecure of feeing 
her once a week ; ihorgh, in compliance 
with his promife^ he carefully (hunned her 
obfervation. Thus two long months pafled 
away. Still no information was procured 
of Agnes. All but the marquis credited 
her death : and now Lorenzo determiijed 
•19 difplofe. his fcnriments to his uncle : ^Ke 
had already dropped fome hints of his ia- 
jtention to. marry; they had been as fa-' 
vourably received as he could exped ; and 
.bpjharl^ured no c^oubt of the fuccefs of 
;tij5"^j)plicatian.^ ' \ ..'. ... /. 









CHAP. 



i m J^ 



CHAP.^ VL 



Willie in each other's arms- entranced they lay^ ; 
They blcffcd the nighty anji curfed the coming daf., 

rr HE;h«rffi of f r&n^Qft.iRra^ pafl5«i tl Am- 
bfofia^ lull wa^ Guisiiiei^^t PIea(]uir« fiedi fthd 
Shame iifuFpedli^t (Vac ifiius bdrptrt^' CnHt- 
£ujfed an<J terrilit^l' at. his wcakaeft,. ^.dm^l 
|ia)fiilf;frocn M^lil^foj'is^ araisi bU pctjtt^ 
|>reremed icfeif h^Qvt Mm t ht mS£Ae^,cm. 
the iceoe which'^bad^juftibeen actod; Arii 
treaiblcd.ac the conf^qtUeaicespf adifcover^ 9^ 
he looked. forward witb horror t his heart 
^^as defppi^dem,, wd. became ^ abode .'of 
fatiety and difguft :: he avoided the cyes.o'f 
bis {^rtnet ii)^vfr4iky« A melancholy iilence 
prevailted,. during, which both fbcaied buv 
6ed wiib difagreeabIe.refl)edioas»^ . 

'->. 16 Matilda. 



t »«<* ); 

Maiilda was the fii;ft to break it, .-She' 
took hib hand gently, and prefled it to her 
burning lips, 

*• Atnbrofior* (he murrnured, in a fofc 
and trembling voice. 

The abbot ftarted at the found : he turn«» 
edhis eyes lipon Matilda's j they were filled 
with tears ; her cheeks were covered wuh 
b(^u(hes, and her fupplicating looks feemed 
tO:.folicit his compaffion. , ^ . 

•i^*DaifgerouB w<}tifpn I" faid he; .**-inta 
^HlLt in^byi^ of a^iTery have you plun^^d 
fflt^ ShoukP your- fcx be difcov-ered, my; 
iKHipur, nayr n)y life,- tvuift pay for the 
f^lMfure of a few^momehts; Foolthat L- 
vnfi to truft myfetf to your Cacfvidiiotisil , 
What <)an now be done ? How can. my > 
offence be expiated)- -What atonementcan 
purcliafe'the pardon of my crime ?i Wretch- 
od^aiilda^ you^havd^-deftroyedn^iy quiet ; 
ior,cver.r ■•■ v^: : •^^' .■^- -^^ ■.•■.:•:.. 

>f*Tp.me thefc reprpakrfc^s^' Ambrdfio? . 
feme,, who have fiicrificed for you the ^ 
world's; pleafurcs^xlie lu'xury^of wealth,. thf. 
. t-..^^.i... . dehcacy 



( 15t .) 

delicacy^ of fexj my friertds, tny forttinfci 
and my- fame*? - Wh:»t have you loft which 
I prefer ved ? Have / not Ihared in your 
ga^U-.?. ^ave rw not (hared in my pleafure? 
Guilj:,.did I fay? In what confilis oursj un- 
lefs in.the opinion of an ill-juJgingworld? 
Let that world be ignorant of thera, and 
oar joys become divine and blamclefs! Un- 
natural were your vows of celibacy ; man 
was not created for fuch a (late : and were 
love a cringe, God never would hayc made 
it To fw^t, fo irrefiftible ! Then baiu(h thofe 
clouds from your brow, my Ambrofio;'- 
Indulge in ibofc f>leafures fi'edy, without * 
which life is a worthlefs gift. • Ceafe to re- I 
proach me with having taught y>3u what is •'•' 
bljfs, and fetl equal tranfpoits with the' 
woman who adores you !'* » 

As (he fpoke, her eyes were 6lled with a i 
delicious languor : her bo(om panted : (he' 
twined her aims voluptuoufly round him^'' 
drewhini towards her, and- glued her lips 
to his. Ambrofio again raged with dcfire: ' 
the die was thrown : his vow? were already" 

v . V , broken ; 



ISirokdn: he haid already arnimittedch^emnfe', 
ftnd- why (bould he refrain from* eojoying 
Its reward ? He clafped her to his breoil: 
With redoubled ardour. No longei^ reprefled 
"by the fenfe of (hame, he gave a ltx)fe to htk 
intemperate appetites ; while the fair wantoa 
put every invention of liift rn praftice, every 
Yefinemcnt in the art of pleafure, which 
Vnight heighten the bhft of her poffeflion; 
ihd render her lover's tranfports ftill mof^ 
^Xcjtiifite. Ambrofio rioted in delights tiljl 
then unknown to him* Swift fled the nighV, 
and the morning blufted to behold him ftill 
clafped in the embraces of Matilda. 
' Intoxicated with pleafuVe, the mbnkro^ 
fronv the fyren*s luxurioA^ touch : he n<^ 
fcrngcf reflcfted with (hame upon his incon* 
lincnce^or dreaded the vengcaiKe of offend* 
ed heaven : his only fear was left death 
fhould rob him of enjoyments, for which hjs; 
ibng fall had only given a keener^ ^^ge (6 
fiVs appetite, Matilda was ftiltunder the itli 
fiuence of poifon; and the voluptuousnaonk 
trembled lefe for bis preferver^s life than his 

concubinc's.^ 



( ih ) 

concubineV Deprived 6f hef, lie WotiW 
riot eafily find another miftrctrs with whom 
he could indulge his paffions fo fully, amt 
fp'fafely; he therefore preffed her with 
earneftiiefs to ufe the means of prefervatiori 
which flie had declared to be in her pof* 
feflion. 

•* Yes !*' replied Matilda; *' fince you have 
made me feel that life is valuable, I will 
refcue mine at any rate. No cjangers fhati 
appal nie: J will look upon the confequences 
of my a(5tion boldly, nor (h udder at the hor- 
rors which they prdfent : I will think mjf 
facrifice fcarcely worthy to purchafc youir 
pofleffion } and remember, that a monftcnt 
pafled in your arms in this world, overpays' 
an age of punifliment in the next. But be*I 
fore I take this ftep, Ambroiio, give meyour 
fblemn oath never to enquire by what meails 
I ihall prefcrve myCeif.'* * 

He did fo, in a manner the mod bind-^ 
ing. - ! ,, . 

" I thank you, my beloved. This pi*e*- 
cautioh is neceflkry , foi> though you know 

it 



( i84 V 

k AQt« you are under the cocnmandjoftyul*-' 
gar prejudices. The bufinels on which^L 
mull be employed this nighc might (lartle 
you, from i(s fingularity, and lower lae in- 
your ppiniop. Tell me, are you poffcflcd 
of the key of the low door on the weftern! 
fide of the garden ?'* 

** The. door which opens into the b'jry- 
iog-ground common to us and the fifter- 
hopd of St. Clare ? I have not the key, 
but can eafily procure it." . ^ 

** You have oijly this to do, Adniitd 
me into the burying-ground at midnight</v 
Watch while I defcend into the vaults of 
St. Clare, left fomc: prying eye (hould ob*^i 
fcrve my a£kJons. Leave me there alcmc^ 
fv>4 an hoiii,and that life is fafe which I deH 
dicate to your pleafun:^. To prevent ttt-^g 
siting fulpicion, do not viCt me durmg' the ^ 
day^ Remember ih^ key, and th Jt I cxpeft ^ 
jcfu before twelve. Hark! I bear* fte:ps'- 
afjproacbing ! Leave me; I will prctferid to ^ 
flocp/* - ^ -^^ 

^Tht fiiar- obeyed, and left the cell. :»A« 

^ ' he 



( i85 r 

be opened the door, father Pabloi tttade bt^' 
appearance, . -i 

" I come/* faid the ^tter, *f ta enquira: 
after the health of my young patient/' . 

" Hufti P* replied Ambrofio, laying bii 
finger upon his lip ; " fpeak foftly ; I am. 
jiid come from him : he. has fallen into a* 
profound flumber^ ^yhich doubtlefs will bC: 
of fcryicc. to bim. Do not dtdurb him at t 
prefenr^ Sot he wiflies to repofc/' .,■ 

. Father Pablos 6beyed, and, heariE^ the ? 
bell ring, acconopani^ the abbot to. niatins* 
Aiii}xofi<x£eltembarrafled as> he entered tba 
chapel. : Guilt was new to hico, and he- 
fancied that every eye could read the tranf"; 
afiions of the night upon his cGN»itenanGr%r; 
He drove to pray : his: bo(bm.no«loQger^ 
glowd . with ^^vptioiv : bis cbpughts jbfei^r ; » 
fibly^ wandered to Mat^da^s* (<cret cl^upsw:, 
But wh^t Jxc.wamcd ia purity of heart, ^c. : 
fuppUed.hy eKteriOTitfackctiiy. The ^biqiific^- 
toclo^ik.hi^ .tranfgrQlIiop^T he c6do^ble4}.. 
his pretenfions to ihe:femb ance of virtuc^jf. 
and never j*Pli«a««d i»Qfq,df>-ftSed;l»>e^yea, 

iLaa 



( i86 ) 

tbaniiiice he hadbroken through his.engage^ 
merits. Thus did he unconfcioufly add 
kypQcrify to perjury and incoriiiDence : he 
had fallen into the latter errors firom yield- 
ing to fedtidion almoft irrefiftible : but he 
Was now guilty of a voluntary fault, by,cn» 
deavouring to conceal thofe into which aao« 
dier had betrayed him. 

The matins concluded^ Ambrofio rcik-ed 
to his cell. The pleafures which he h^d 
juft tafted for the firft time were ftili im-^ 
prefled upon hia mind : his brain was be<« 
^ildered, and prefented a confiiitd chaoe a£. 
j^etnoiie, Toluptuoufneis, inquietude, ^uul 
fMT? b<{ looked back with regret to tl^ 
pea«e 6^ foul, that fecurity of virtue^ which: 
tin thent had beeti bis portion : be had ioi^ 
d\Hged itt«ce(!es wlK^e very idea, but four* 
aad^twenty hours befo «i he had recoiled al 
vtkh horror: he (huddered at fefledtng thai 
a'triSing lAdifcretion on his part^or onrl^a^ 
tilda's, would overturn that fabric of repis* 
tation which it had coft him thirty years ^<l 
0n&9 and render him the arl^)TjenoecJti>a 
vii" people 



( i«7 ) 

people of whom lie was then theldol. Con* 
foience painted to him in glaring colours Kis 
perjury and wcaknefs ; apprehcnfion magni- 
fied to him the horrors of puniftrment, an'd 
he already fancied himfclf in the prifons bf 
the Inquifuion. To thefe tormenting idea* 
fuciceeded Matilda's beauty, and thofc dci 
Hcious leflbns, which once learnt can nevcf 
be forgotten^ A iingle glance thrown lipoA 
thefe reconciled him with himfclf: he con- 
fidcred the pleafures of the former night to 
have been purdiafed at an eafy prite by tb^ 
facrtfice of inndcence and honouf. Thei# 
very remembrance filled his foul with cc-^ 
ffacy : he ctirfed Ms foolilli viftity, whichf 
Kad induced him to wafte in obfcurity rhiJ 
bFootn'of life/ ignorant of thfe blefSngs dl 
loVe arid woman : h& detertnined, at* alt 
events," to continue his comnAerce with M^ 
tilda^'ahd called every argument to his aid 
which hi ight confirm his refolution : ht 
afked himfelf^, provided his irregularity wat 
linknbwn, in what woold his fault tohfiftf 
and what confequ'tfitsfs liehad to apprehend* 

By 



( i88 ) 

By adhcrfng ftridly to every rule of his or- 
der fave chaftity^ he doubted not to retaia 
the efteem of men, and even the protection 
of heaven : he trufted eafily to be forgiven 
fo (light and natural a deviation from his 
vows ; but he forgot that« having pronouo^ 
ced thofe vows, incontinence, in Uymea 
the moft venial of errors, became in his p^r- 
fon the moft heinous of crimes* 

Once decided upon his future conduct, 
his mind became more eafy: he threw him* 
felf upon his bed, and ftrove by fleeping to 
recruit his ftrength^ exhaufted by his noc« 
turnal excefles* He awoke refrefhed, and 
eager for a repetition of his pleafures. Obe- 
dient Co Matilda's order, he vtfited not her 
cell during the daj\ Father Pablo& men- 
tioned in the refedory, that Rofario had at 
length been prevailed upon to follow his pre- 
fcription ; but that the medicine had not 
produced the flighteft effeft, and that be be- 
lieved no mortal ikiU could refcue him from 
jhe grave. With this opinion the abbot 
Agreed,, and affcded to lament the untioiely 

fate 



( x89 ) 

fate of a youth whofe talents had appeared 
fo promifing. 

The night anived. Ambrofio had taken 
care to procure from the porter the key of 
the low door opening into the cemetery^ 
Furnifhed with this, when all was filcnt in 
the monaftcry, he quitted his cell, and haf- 
tened to Matilda's. She had left her bed, 
and was dreffed before his arrival. 

" i have been cxpedling you with impa- 
tience,** faid Qie; " my life depends upoa 
thefc moments. Have you the key ?" 

*ahave." 

** Away then to the garden. We-have 
no time to lofe. Follow me !'* 

She took a fmall covered balket from the 
table. Bearing this in one hand, and the 
lamp, which was flaming upon the hearth, 
in the other, flie hafteiied from the cell. 
Ambrofio followed her. Both maintained 
a profound filence. iShe moved on with 
quick but cautious fteps, pafled through 
the cloifters,* and reached the weftern fide of 
ihegardeq: her cycsflalhed with a fire and 

wildiiefs 



( ^9^ ) 

^ildners which impreffcd the tnorvk at once 
with awe and horror. A determined def* 
pcrate courage reigned' upon Iier brow: (he 
gave Che kmp to Ambrofio ; then taking 
from him the key, (he unlocked the lo^ 
door, and entered the cemetery. It was a 
vaft and fpacious fquare, planted with yew- 
trees ; half of it belonged to the abbey, the 
other half was the property of the fifterhood 
of St. Clare, and was protefted by a roof 
of ftorie : the divifion was rtarfced by aii 
iron railing, the wicket of which was gene- 
rally left unlocked. ' "" 
. Thitber Matilda bfent hercourfe: the 
opened the Wjcket, arid fought for the door 
leading to the fubterraneous vaults wliere re. 
pofed the mouldering bodies of the votaries 
of St. Clare. The night was perfedly dark; 
neither moon nor ftars werevifible. Luckily 
there was not a breath of wind, and the friar 
bore his lamp in full fecurity : by theaffifl- 
ancc of its beams, the door of the fepulchre 
was foon difcovered. It was funk within the 
hollow of a wall, and almoft concealed by 
J thick 



( *9* ) 

thick feftoons of ivy hanging over it. Three 
ft«ps of rough. he w n ftone conduced to it, 
and Matilda w^i5 on the point of defeendi 
ing them, when ftie fuddenly (lartfed back. 

** There are people in the vaults !*' (hi 
whifpered to the monkj '* conceal yourfelf 
till they arfepaffed,*" 

• SlVe*to3k refuge behirtd a lofty and mag- 
ftificeill totttb/ eredbed in hwour of the cott^ 
vent's found refs. Ambrofio followed h^f 
example, carefully hiding his lamp, left" its 
beams Ihould bttruy them. Bot a few moi 
ments had elapfed when the door was puflied 
^eh leading to the fubterranebus-traverm. 
Rays of light proceeded up* the ftair-cafe : 
they enabled the concealed fpeftators to ob- 
ferve two females drefled in relrgious habrrs, 
whofecmed engaged in earneftconverfation. 
TJie abbot had no difficulty to recogni2se 
the priorefs of St. Clare in the firft, and 
one of the elder nuns in her companion. 

•^ Every thing is prepared/' faid the prio^ 
refs : " her fate (hall be decided to-morrow; 
all her tears and lighs will be unavailing!. 



( 19^ ) 

No ! In fivc-and-twenty years that I have 
been fuperior of this convent, never did I 
witnefs a tranfaftion more infamous !" 

** Yoq muft expc<ft much oppofition to 
your will," the other replied in a miider 
voice: '* Agnes has many friends in the 
convent, and in particular the mother Su 
Urfula will efppufe her caufe moft warm{y« 
In truth, fhe merits to have friends ; and I 
wifli I could prevail upon you to confide^ 
her youth, and her peculiar fituation. She 
feems fenfible of her fault ; the exce^fs. pf 
her grief proves her penitence, ai>d I aiu 
convinced that her tears ^ flow mqre fromi 
coiitrition than fear.of puniftiujent. . Reve* 
rend mother, would you be pgifuadfd to 
mitigate the feverity of your fentencei 
would you but deign to overlook this firft 
tranfgreffion ; I offer myfelf as the pledge 
of her future conduft/' . .; 

" Overlook it, fay you ? Mother Camil- 
la, you aiiiaze me ! What ? after difgracing 
me in the prefence of Madrid's idol, of the 
very maa on whom I tl^Oft, wiQucd to inU 

prcfs 



( ^93 ) 

prefe aa idea of the ftriianef&.of my dlfqi- 
pline? How defpicable mufti hayeappcar€;d 
to the rcYjerend abbot? No, toother, no! I 
never can forgive the infult. Jl. cannot bet- 
ter convin,cc A.mbrofio that I abhor fuch 
crimes, than by punifhing that of Agnes 
with all the rigour of which our fevcre laws 
admit.. Cleafe then your fuppliqatioos^ 
they wilLall be unavailing. My refolutioa 
is taken. To-morrow Agnes (hall be m^dc 
a terrible example of my juftice and refent* 
ment.'* 

_.. The mother Caniilla feemed not to give 
Vp the pointy but by this time the nunsi 
were put of hearing,: Theprlorefs unlock* 
ed the door which communicated with St; 
Clj^re's chapel, and, having entered with. 
l>er. companion, clofed it again after them.' 

Matilda now afked, who was tUs Agnes. 
with whom, the priorefs was thus in^enfeij, 
and what connexion (he <x)uld have with 
Ambrofip. He related her adventure; and 
he. added, that fince .that time his ideas 
baving undergone a thorough , revolution^ 

Vql.il K Vi<t 



( ;*94 ) 

JIk now felt much compaflioQ fpr tlie unfor- 
Auoaw nuo. 

" 1 defign," faid he, ^ to rcquell an au- 
.dicnc? of the domina to-morrow, and ufe 
every means of obtaining a mitigation of 
ber fentence/* 

r . ** Beware of what you do,'* interrupted 
Matilda ; ^^ your fudden change of fenti- 
meht may naturally create furprife, And 
inay give birth to fufpicions which it is mofl: 
our intereft to avoid. Rather redouble 
your outward aufterity, and thunder out 
menaces againft the errors of others, the 
better to conceal your own. Abandon t^ 
ii«n to her fate^ . Your interfering might 
be dangerous, and her imprudence merits 
te be puni(hed : Ihe is unworthy to enjoy 
love's pleiafures, who has not wit enough to 
conceal them. But in difcuffing this td- 
flmg fubjed I wafte mortients which arc 
j^recious. The night flies apace, and much 
muft be done before morning. The nuns 
are retired, all is fafe. Give me the lamp, 
Ambrolio^ I muft defcend alpne into thefe 

.' caverns: 



C «9'S ) 

caverns : wait here, atid if sif^'oM ap^ 
proacbcs warn mc by your voict i but as 
you value your exiftence, prefumc not to 
follow me : your life would fall a vidim td 
your imprudent curiofity.** 

Thus laying, (he advanced towards the 
fepulclire, (lill holding her lamp in one 
handy and her little baiket in the other. 
She touched the door : it turned flowlf 
upon its grating hinges, and a narrow wind« 
ing ftair-cafc of black marble prefented it- 
felf to her eyes. She defcended it ; Ambro* 
iio remained above, watching the faint 
beams of the lamp, as they (till receded 
down the flairs. They difappeared, anci 
he found himfelf in total darknefs. 

Left to hirafelf, he could not refledk 
without furprife on the fudden change in 
Matilda^s charader and fentiments. But a 
few days had pafTed, iince Che appeai^ed the 
mrldeft and fofteft of her fex, devoted to 
his will, and looking up to him as to a iupe- 
rior being. Now (he affumed a fort of cou- 
rage and manlimcfs in ker manners and dif- 



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4m^vkr h!^ ill cakulattd tOipleafe hicn; 
Sbf (fok^ DO loi:^eF: to infinuate^ but com- 
mand : he fouod himfelf unable to cope 
with her ia argument^ and was unwillingly 
obliged to confefs the fuperiority of her 
judgments Every moment convinced bim 
of the aAooilhiAg powers of her mind i but 
wimt0>e gained in the opinion of the man» 
tile lofl: with intereH: in the affeAion of the 
lover, Hertgretccd Rofario, the fond, the 
geDtIe,.«Dd fubmiffives he grieved thatM^^r 
tilda (ftreferml the virtues of his fex to 
tfaofe a£ her own ; and when he thought of 
ber expreffions refpeding the devoted nun, 
be could not help blaming them as cruel 
and unfeminine. Piiy is a fendment fo na- 
tural^ fa appropriate to the female charac* 
ier> that it is fcarcely a merit for a woman 
to poffefc it, but to be without it is a griev- 
ous crimft. Ambroiio could not eaflly for- 
give hit miftrefs for being deficient in this 
aouable quality* However* though he 
blamed her infenfibilitys he felt the truth of 
her obfervations ; aad though he pitied iifl-> 

cerely 



( m > 

Cerefythc tmfortaiiateAghtes; hdii^fotvej 
ro« drop the i<!<?i' of interpoftffg. in her bs4 
Ralf. 

• Near an' hoar had elapfed finc^ Matild* 
defcended into the caverns j fttll (he returni*^ 
ed nor. Ambrofio's curiofity waij ^xcitedV 
He drew ncartheftair-cafe— lie lifteried— -allf 
was filent, except that at mterTals he caugbc;^ 
the found of Matilda's voice, as it woiinrf 
along the fubterraneous paflage^i and w^ 
re-echoed by the fepulchre*s? vaulted roo&ir 
She was at too great a diftance for bina^to^ 
diftinguifh her words, and ere they r^acbcd^ 
him, they were deadened inalow mutw 
mur. He longed to penetrate into thi^ 
niyftery. He refolved to difobey her in- 
jun<5tions, and follow her into the cavern^ 
He advanced to the flair-cafe; he had aU 
ready defcended fome fteps, when his cou- 
rage failed him. He remembered Matilda's 
menaces if he infringed her orders, and his 
bofom was filled with a fecret unaccountable 
awe. He returned up the flairs, refumed 
K 3 his 



( »S8 ) 

Ik former ftatioA^ and waited impatiently 
for the condufion of t}us adventure* 

Suddenly he was fenfible of a vioknt 
(bock. An earthquake rocked the ground, 
the columns which fupported the roof un* 
^r which he ftood, were To (Irongly (haken, 
that. every moment menaced him with its 
ialif and at the fame moment he beard a 
loud.apd tremendous burd of thunder; it 
^eafed, and his eyes being fixed upon the 
^ir-cafe, he faw a bright column of light 
HiSfii along the caverns beneath. It was 
feen but for an inftant. No fooner did it 
difappear^ than all was once more quiet and 
obfcure. Profound darknefs again fur- 
pounded him^ and the filence of night was 
<)nly broken by the whirring bat as (he flit* 
ted ilo>vly by him. 

. With every inftant Ambrofio's amaze- 
ment increafed. Another hour elapfed, 
after which the fame light again appeared^ 
and. was loft again as fuddcnly» It was ac« 
coo^panied by a ftrain ojf fweet but folemi\ 

» . , mufic. 



( '99 y 

mufie, whidiy ^s? it ftolc through the vaauUl; 
below^ infpitietl the monk witb mingled':^ 
light and terror. It had not long >hcca 
bu(hed> when he heard Matilda?s ftcps upptt 
the ftair-cafe. She afcended from the caW 
vern; the moft lively joy animated bet 
beautiful features. iv 

"■ Did you* fee any thing ? •* Dbe aikcd* -: 

<c Twice I few a- column of light flalh up 
the ftair-cafe.'* .....-,... j 

^^ Nothing elfe?*' 

♦•^ Nothing. . . .:. 

♦« The morning is on the point of breaker 
ihg : let us retire to the abbey, left day-light 
(hoald betray us." 

With a light ftep (be haftened from the 
burying-ground. She regained her cell, and 
the curious abbot ftill accompanied hen; 
She clofcd the door, and difembarraffed 
herfelf of her lamp and bafkct. ' ^ 

*' I have fucceeded I** (he cried, throw-i' 

ing herfelf upon his bofom ; " fucceeded 

beyond my fondeft hopes! I (halHtve, Am^i 

brofio, (hall live for you ! The ftep, which 

K4 \^\i.^- 



( tf<X5 ) 

I (huddered at titking^ proves to me :l 
idurce of joys inexprelBbleJ Oh I that I 
dared communicate thofejoys to you! Oh! 
that I were permitted to (hare with you. my 
power, and raife you as high above the 
kfvel of your fex, as one bold deed has cr^ 
alted me above mine !" 

** And what prevents you, Matilda?'* 
interrupted the friar. *' Why is your bu- 
finefs in the cavern made a ftcret? Do you 
think me undeferving of your confidence? 
Matilda, I muft doubt the truth of youraf* 
ieftion, while you have joys in which I am 
forbidden to (hare.** 

** You reproach me with injuftice ; 1 
grieve fincerely that I am obliged to con- 
ceal from you my happinefs : but I am not 
to Hahie; the fault lies not in me, but im 
yourfelf, my Ambrofio. Yow areftill too 
much the monk, your mind is ehflaved by 
the prejudices of education ; and fuperfti- 
tion might makeyou Ihudder at the idea of 
that' .which etperience has ■ tauglit ;me toi 
pi^ize^and value. At prefent you are uofic 
- ..:) . to 



( aoi ) 

to be trufted with a fecret of Rich import* 
ance; but the ftrength of your judgment^ 
and the curiofity which I rejoice to fee fpark* 
ling in your eyes, make me hope th»c you 
will one day deferve my confidence. , TiH 
that period arrives, reftrain your imp^tfjencei. 
Remember that you have given vmpyyguf 
folemn oath, never to enquire it«0:..ij)i$ 
night's adventures, I infift ugoa iyoUfc 
keeping this oath; forythopgh,"jili^;idtJcd 
fmiling, while (he fealed his Kpscwuh * 
wanton kifs, ** tliough I forgi ve yotipbf wkr 
ing your vows to heaven^ I expe^Sl. ypu t9 
keep your vows to me*** ; " i ■ 

The friar returned tltc embrace, whiclt 
bad fet his blood on fire* The luxurious 
and unbounded excefies of the former 
night were renewed, and they feparated 
not till the bell rang for mating 

The fame pleafures were frequently re-' 

peated. The monks rejoiaed in the feignv 

cd Rofario^s unexpedted recovery, acid 

none of them fufpefted his real fex. .The 

1^5 abbot 



1 



( zoz ) 

abbot poflefled his miftrefs in tranquillity^ 
oindy perceiving his frailty unfufpcded^ 
abandoned himfelf to his paflions in full 
Security, Shame and remorfe no longer 
tormented him. Frequent repetitions made 
him familiar with (inland his bofom became 
proof againft the ftings of confcience. In 
thefe febtim(et)ts he was encouraged by 
'Matilda; but (he foon was aware that (he 
bad faiiated her lover by the unbounded 
freedom of her careflcs. Her charms be- 
coming accuftomed to him, they ceafed to 
^citCL the fame defires which at firfl they 
had infpired. The delirium of paflSon 
being paft, be had leifure to obferve every 
trifling defed ; where none were to be 
^Dund, jfatiety made him fancy them. The 
monk was glutted with the fullnefs pf pka* 
fure. A week had .fcarcely ebpfed, before 
•be was wearicdx)f his paramour : his warm 
conflitution; ftilLmade him fcek in her arms 
iihc gratification of his luft. But when the 
-jpaoxnent of pafljon was over, he quitted her 
. . . _ . * . ., with 



( ^<f3 y 

with iSifguft, iand his humour, fiaturiiltf Ini^ 
conftant, made him figh impatiently for 
Variety, 

Pofleflion, which cloys man, only in-* 
creafes the affeftion of wonien. Matilda 
with every fuccteding day grew more at* 
tached to the friar. Since he had obtained 
her favours, he was become dearer to her 
than ever, and fhe felt grateful to him for 
the pleafures in which they had equally 
befen fliarers. Unfortunately, as her pafliotf 
grew ardent, Ambrofio*s grew cotd j the 
Very marks of her fondnefs excited his dif*- 
guft, and its excefs ferved to extinguilh the 
flame which already burried but feebly in 
ills bofom. Matilda cduld not but remark? 
that her fociety feemed" to him daily lefs 
agreeable \ he was inattentive while flie 
fpoke ; her mufical talents, which (he pof- 
leffeci iri perfeflibn, had loft the power of 
amuflrtg hini; or, if he deigned to praife 
ihem',' his compliments were evidemfy 
forced artd cold. He no longer gazed 'upon 
her with affedion, or applauded her femi* 
K 6 ments 



( ao4 y 

xncnts with a lover's partiality. This Ma- 
tilda well perceived, and redoubled her ef- 
forts to revive thofe fentiments which he 
once had felt. She could not but fail, fince 
he confidered as importunities, ihe pains 
which fhe took to pleafe him, and was dif- 
gulled by the very means which fhe ufed to 
recall the wanderer. Stilly however, their 
illicit commerce continued; but it was clear 
that he was led to her arms, not by love, but 

'^t cravings of brutal appetite. His con- 
pitution made a woman neceiTary to him^ 

' and Matilda was the only one with whom 
he could indulge his paffions {ak]y. In 
fpite of her )>eauty, he gazed upon every , 
other female with more defire; but fearing 
that his hypocrify (hould be n>ade public, he 
confined bis inclinations to his own bread. 
It was by no m^ans bis nature to be ti- 
mid : but his education had impreffed his 
mind wit1i fear fo ftrongly, that apprehen- 
fion was BOW become part of his charafler. 
Had his youth been paffed in the world, 
he. would have ihown bimfelf poffeffed of 

many 



many brilliant and manly qualities. Her 
was naturally entcrprifing, firm, and fear-^ 
Ipfs : he had a warrior's heart, ai>d he mighl^ 
have thone with fplendour at the head 6f 
an army. There was no want of genero^ 
fiiy in his nature : the wretched never failed 
to find in him a companionate auditor : hh 
abilities were quick and (hining, and hxsk 
judgment vaft, folid, and decifive. Witb 
fuch qualifications he would have been atk 
ornament to his country : that he pofTefifed 
them he had given proofs in his earlieft ia^ 
fancy, and his parents had beheld his dawM 
ing vinues with the fondeft delight and ad^ 
miration. Unfortunately, while yet a child^ 
he was deprived of thofe parent3. He fell 
into the power of a relation, whofe only 
wi(h about him was never to hear of him 
more : for that purpofe he gave bim ii) 
charge to his frieiid, the former (uperior of 
the Capuchins^ The* abbot, a very monfc^ 
iifed all his endeavours to perfuade the boy 
that happinefs exi&cd not without the walls 
of a convent. JHLe £ycceeded fuHly/ Tode* 
5 f^^^ 



( «* ) 

ferre admittance totd the order of'St. Frad* 
CIS was Ambrofio's higheft ambhion. His 
inftrudors carefully reprefled tbofe rirtnes^ 
whofe grandeur and difintereftednefs were 
ill fuiccd to the cloifter. Inftead of umver^ 
fal benevolence, he adopted afelfifh parti^ 
ality for his own particular eftablKhment r 
he was taught to confider compaflfion for 
the errors of others as a crime of the blackeft 
dye : the noble franknefs of his temper was- 
exchanged for fervile humility ; and in or<^ 
der to break his natural fpirir, the monkb' 
lerri&ed his young mind, by placing before 
him all the horrors with which fuperftition 
could furniOi them : they painted to hioi 
the tormepts of the damned tn colours vhc 
moft dark, terrible and fancaftkr^ and thread- 
Cfi^ him at the ilighteft fault with eternal' 
perdition. No .wonder that his-ifnagina- 
tioA'.cooiitantly dwelling upon thete fearfoi 
cfejc&s ihould have tendiered his charaAet- 
lidRiid and apptehenfi vc-i Add to this, that* 
hit^loog^bfeilce from the great world, and' 
loialunac^iatance with the common da&w- 
.'1i: gcrs 



( ^<>7 ) 

gers of life, made him form of tbem ait 
idea far more difmal than the reality. While 
the monks were bufied in rooting out his 
virtues, and narrowing his fentiments, they- 
allowed every vice which had fallen to His 
fti^re to arrive at full perfedion. He was 
fuffered to be proiid> vain, ambitious, and 
difdainful : he was jealous of his equals^ 
and defpifed all merit but his own : he was 
implacable when offended, and cruel in his 
revenge. Still, in fpite of the pains taken 
to pervert them, his natural good qualities 
would occafioaally break through the gloom 
call over them fo carefully. At fuch times 
the conteft for Superiority between his real- / 
and acquired charader wasftrikingandun*- 
accountable talhofe Unacquainted with his* 
original difpoittioni He pronounced tbt- 
moft fev^ere fonceoces upon offenders, i^hich 
the rnoinaent after compaffioa induced htin 
tpmitigfite: be undertook the moft dariog 
cnterprifcs, MFhiph the fe^r of their. . coiiie^ 
quences.fqoa ol^ljgedhim to^^batidoa : his;: 
i^.l^^^ &^9^ ^^9Aa biul]iAoti|gi|t.upQq: 



( ao8 ) 

(bbjcfts the mod obfcure ; and almoff irt*' 
ftantaneoufly his fupcrftition replungecS 
them in darknefs more profound than that 
from which they had juft been refcucd* 
His brother monks^ regarding him as a fu^ 
pcrior being, remarked not this contradic* 
tion in dieir idol's conduft. They were 
perfuaded that what h^ did muft be rights 
and fuppofcd him to have good reafbns for 
changing his refolutionsr The fad was^ 
that the different fentiments with whicb 
education and nature had infpired him, 
were combating in his bofom : it remained 
for hijs paflions, which as yet no opportu« 
nity had called into play, to decide the vic- 
tory. Unfortunately his paflions were the 
very worft judges to whom he could poffi- 
bly have applied. His monalUc feclufioa 
bad till now been in his favour^ fince it gave 
bim i¥> room for difcovering his bad qua-^ 
lities. Tl>e fuperiority of his talents raifed 
htm too far above his companions to per-? 
oiit his being jealous of them: his exem-* 
plary piciy^ perfuafive. eloquence^ and 
... pleafing 



( ^9 ) 

plcafiDg manners had fecured him univer-^ 
fal cfteeqijiand Gonfequently he had no in* 
juries to revenge : his ambition was jufti- 
fied by his acknowledged merits and hii 
pride confidered as no more than . proper 
confidence* He never faw, much lefs con- 
verted with the other fex : he was ignoranr 
of the pleafures in woman's power to bc-« 
ilow ; and if he read in the courfe of hi» 
(ludics * 
** That men were Fond* h^ fmiledy and wondered how«'^ 

^ For a time fpare diet, frequerft: watching^ 
and ifevere penance cooled and reprefled the 
naturalwarmthof his coaditution; but nor 
fooncr did opportunity prefent itfelf, tick 
fooner did he catch a glimpfe of joys tp 
which he. was ftill a ftranger^^ thain reh'gioo"* 
barriers. were too feeble to nefift the ovew 
whelming torrent of his defires. AU ini4 
pediments yielded before the force of bi& 
temperament, warm, fanguine, and volup** 
tuou^ in the exceftt As yet bb other pa^ 
fions lay dofm^ftt j but they only ni?«ded (a 

bo 



( a^w ) 

be once awakened, to difplay thcnifcJveS 
with violence ^ great and irrefiftiblc. ' 
He continued la be the admiration off 
Madrid. The enthufiafm created by hfs 
eloquence feemed rather to increafe thati 
diminifh. Every Tburfday^ which ^zs 
the only day when he appeared in public^ 
the Capuchin cathedral was crowded witb 
Auditors^ and his dilcourfe was always i^ 
ceived with the fame approbation. He was 
named confcflbr to all the chief families in 
Madrid ; and no one was counted fafhion- 
tbie who was injoined penance by any other 
than Ambrofio. In his refolution of never 
ftirring out of his convent he ftill perfifted. 
This circumftance created a ftill greater 
opinion of his fandity and felf-denial. A^ 
bovc all, the women fang forth his praifes 
loudly^lefs influenced by devotion than by 
his noble countenaiice, majeftic air, and 
welLturned graceful figure. The abbey- 
door was tlironged with carriages froni 
morning to night; and the nobieft »n^ 

faireft 



( 111 ) 

faired dames of Madrid confefied to the 
abbot their fecret peccadilloes. The eyes 
of the luxurious friar devoured their charms^ 
Had his penitents confuked thcfe intcrpre- 
cersy he would have needed no other means 
of exprefling his defires. For his misfor- 
tune, they were fo ftrongly perfuadcd of 
bis continence, chat the poffibility of his 
harbouring indecent thoughts never once. 
eptiered their imaginations. The climate's 
heat^ 'tis well known^ operates wiib no fmall 
influence upon the conftitutions of the Spa* 
ni(h ladles: but the moft abandoned would 
have thought it an e^er tafk to infpire with 
pafBon the marble ftatue of St. Francis than 
the cold and rigid heart of the immaculate 
Ambrofio. 

On his parr, the friar was little acquainted 
with the depravity of the world: he fufpeiJtcd 
not that but few of his penitents would have 
rejedted his acidrefles. Yet had he been 
better inftrufted on this head, the danger 
attending fu<;h an attempt wpuld have fealed 
up his lips in lilence. He knew that it 

wovild 



( ^tt y 

wouM be difficult for a wom^rf to Reep i^ 
fecrec fa ftrange and fo important as hi^ 
frailty ; and be even trembled, left MatiRJa' 
(hould betray hkn. Anxious to prefervcr 
a repirtation which was infinitely dear to 
him, he faw aH the ril^iie of committing it 
to the power of fomc vain giddy female i^ 
and as the beauties of Madrid aflfeAedonrfy 
his fenfes without touching his heart, h& 
forgot them as foon as they were out 6f his- 
fight. The danger of difcovery, the fear of 
being repulfed, the lofs of reputation ; alb 
thefe confideration&counfelled hinrrtoftiito 
his defines ; and though he now felt fdi* it 
the moft perfeft indifference, he was he- 
ceflltated to confine himfelf to MatildaV 
perfon* 

One morning, the conffuence of pehi^^ 
tents was greater than ufual. He- was de*^ 
cained in the con&ffional chair till a late 
hour. At length the crowd was difpatched^: 
and he prepared to quit the chapel, when^ 
two females entered, and drew near him? 
with humility. They threw up their veils,.. 

and 



( «»3 ) 

iaud the youngeft entreated him to Kflca tq 
lier for a few moments. The melody of 
her voice, of that voice to which no man 
ever liftened without intereft, immediately 
caught Ambrofio's attention. He flopped. 
The petitioner feemed bowed down with 
aifiidion: her cheeks were pale, her eyes 
dimmed with tears, and her hair fell in dif- 
order over her face and bofom. Still her 
countenance was fo fweer, fo innpcenty fo 
heavenly, as might have charmed .an hearf 
lefs fufceptible than that which panted in 
the; abbot's bread. With more than ufual 
foftnefs of manner he defired her to pro- 
ceed, and heard her fpeak as follows, with 
an emotion which increafed every moment r 
*' Reverend father, you fee an unfortu- 
nate threatened with the lofs of her deareft, 
of almoft her only friend I My mother, my 
excellent mother lies upon the bed of lick- 
nefs. A fudden and dreadful malady feized 
her laft night, and fo rapid has been its prq^ 
grefs thajt the phyficians defpair of her 
life. Human aid fails me ; nothing re- 



tnams for mc but to implore the mercy of 
htaven. ' Father, all Madrid rings with the 
report of your piety and virtue. Deign to 
remember tny mother in your prayers : per- 
haps they may prevail on the Almighty to 
fpare her ; and (hould that be the cafe, I 
engage myfelf every Thurftlay in the next 
three months to illuminate the (brine of 
St. Francis in his honour/* 

•^ So !'* thought the monk ; " here we 
have a fecond Vincentio della Ronda. Ro- 
fario's adventure began thus ;" and he 
vriflied fecretly that this might have the 
fame conclufion. 

He acceded to the requeft. The peti- 
tioner returned him thanks with every mark 
of gratitude, and then continued : 

" I have yet another favour to a(k. We 
are ftrangers in Madrid : my mother needs 
a confeffor, and knows not to whom fhe 
fhoulti apply. We underftand that you 
Atver quit the abbey, and, alas ! my poor 
mother is unable to come hither ! If you 
would have the goodnefs, reverend father, 
'• ^ to 



<>^5 ) 

to name a proper perfon, whofe wife and 
pious confolations may fofcen the agooies 
of my parent's death-bed, you will confer 
ail everlaftiug favour upon hearts not un-^ 
grateful." 

With this petition alfo the monk com* 
'^ied. Indeed, what petition would he 
h^aye refufed, if urged in fuch enchanting 
accents ? The fuppliant was fo interqfting ! 
Her voice was fo fweet, fo harmonious! 
Her very tears became her, and her afflic- 
tion fecmed to add new luftre to her charms. 
He promifed to fend to her a confeiTor that 
fame evening, and begged her to leave her 
aqdrefsr The companion prefented him 
with a card on which it. was >yritterij and 
then withdrew with the fair petitioner, who 
pronounced before her departure a thoufand 
benediftions on the abbot's goodnefs. His 
eyes followed her out of the chapel. It was 
not till Ihe was out of fight that he exami- 
ned the car^ji on which he, read the follow- 
ing words ; 

[^ Donna Elvira Dalfa, ftrada di San 

lago. 



lago, four doofs from th6 palace d'Albbr- 



no9." 



• The fuppliant was no other than Anto- 
nla, and Leonella was her companion. The 
latter had not confented without difficulty, 
toaccompahy her niece to the abbey ^ Am- 
brofio had infpircd her with fuch awe^ that 
flic trembled at the very fight of him.' Her 
fears had conquered even her nattjral loqiia- 
city, and while in his prefence (he* tittered 
riot a fingle fy liable. 

' The monk retired to his Cell, whitlier he 
was purfued by Antonia's image. He felt 
a thoufand new emotions fpringing in His 
bofoni, arid he trembled to examirie into 
the caufe which gave' them birth. Thtf 
were totally different frcim thofe infpircd by 
Matilda, when'ilie firft declared her fex aflid 
her affeftion. -He felt not' the provocation 
of lull ; no volupttibus defires riotedirf War 
fcofom ; nor did a burning imagination prc/- 
nire to him the charms %hrch modeftyhSff 
veiled from his eyes. On the contrary^ 
^hat he now felt was a mingled feiitiment 

of 



< 217 ) 

of tendernefs^ admiration, and refpeft. A 
foft and delicious melancholy infufed itfelf 
into his foul, and he would not have ex- 
changed it for the moll lively tranfports o£,r 
joy. Society now difgufted him: he de- 
lighted in folitude, which permitted his 
indulging the vifions of fancy : his thoughts . 
were all gentle, fad, and foothing; and the 
whole wide world prefcmed him with no 
other objeft than Antonia. 

** Happy man!" he exclaimed in his ro- 
mantic enthufiafm, *^ happy man, who is 
deftined to poflcfs the heart of that lovely 
girl ! what delicacy in her features ! what 
elegance in her form ! how enchanting was 
the timid innocence of her eyes ! and how 
different from the wanton expreffion, the. 
wild luxurious fire, which fparkles in Ma- 
tilda's ! Oh ! .fweeter muft one kife be^t 
fcratched from the rofy lips of the firft, thagi. 
all the full and.luftful favours beftowcd fo, 
freely by the fecond, Matilda gluts mc, 
with enjoyment even to loathing, forces me. 
to her arms, apes the harlot^ and glories, in. 

Vol. II. L \^Kt 



( 2»8 ). 

her proftitution. Difgufting! Did fliekftov/ 
the inexpreffiblc charm of modefty, how 
irrefiftiby it enthrals the heart of man, 
how firmly it chains him to the throne of 
beauty, (he never would have thrown' it 
off. What would be too dear a price fbr 
this tovely girl's aflVAions? What would I 
rcfufe to facrifice, could I bereleafed from 
my vowF, and permitted to declare my iovc 
in the fight of earth and heaven ? While I 
ftrove to infpire her with tendernefs, with 
friendlhip and efteem, how tranquil and 
undiflvirbed would the hours roll away ! 
Gracious God ! to fee her blue downcaft 
eyes beam upon mine with timid fondnefs ! 
to fit for days, for years, liftening to that 
gentle voice ! to acquire the right of ob- 
liging her, and hear the artlefs- expreffions 
of her gratitude ! to watch the emotions 
of her fpotlefs heart ! to encourage each 
dawning virtue ! to fliare in her joy when 
happy, to kifs away her tears when dif-* 
tr^ffed, and to fee her fly to my arms for 
comfort and fupport ! Yes 3 if riierew' per- 

fea 



( 219 ) 
feft blifs on earth, *cis his lot alone who be* 
comes that angers hufband.'^ 

While his fancy coined thefe ideas, he 
paced bis cell with a difordered air. His 
eyes were fixed upon vacancy : his head 
reclined upon his (houlder : a tear roll^ 
down his check, whileiie refleded that the 
vifion of happiqefs for him copld never t)«i 
realized. 

** She IS loft; to me ;'^ he continued, " by 
marriage ftiei^pnot be mine Land to fe- 
duce fuch innocence, to ufe the confidence 
repofed in pie to work her ruin^— ^ — Oh I 
it Aypuld bjC;. a ci^ioie, blacker than yet the 
WQri4^feveri .,witneffed ! Fear not, lovely 
girl ! your, virtue runs no rifque from me* 
Not for Indies would I make that gentle 
bofom^know the tortures of remorfe.*' , 
^.Agg^n he paced his chamber hafti^Iy,, 
Then Jflpppiogi his eye fell upon thp pi<9turc > 
pfjhispn^c-ad^ired Madona. He tore it 
with indignation from the wall : h§ jhrew 
it on the ground, and fpurned it from him 
with his foot. 

Lz The 



( MO ) 

*« The proftiiutc !'• 

Unfortunate Matilda! her paramour" for- 
got, that for his fake alone (lie had forfeited 
her darm to virtue ; and his only reafon for 
dcfpifing her was, that (he had loved him 
much too welL 

He threw him(elf into a chair, which 
ftood near the table. He faw the card with 
Elvira's addrefs. He took it up, and it 
brought to his recoUedion his promife re- 
fpcfting a confeflTor. He paffed a few mi- 
nutes in doubt : but Antonia's empire over 
bim was already too much decided to per* ^ 
snithis making a long refiftan'ce to the idea 
which (truck him. He refolved to' be the 
confeffor himfelf. He could leave the ab- 
bey unobferved without difficulty: by wrap- 
ping up his head in his cowl he hoped to 
pafs through the (Ireets without being re- 
cognifed : by taking thefe precautions/ and 
. by recommending (ecreey to Elvira's -fa- 
mily, he doubted not to keep Madrid in 
ignorance that he had broken his vow ne- 
ver to fee the out(ide of the abbey-walls. 

Matilda 



( aai ) 

Matilda was the only perfon whofc vigilance 
he dreaded : but by informing her at the 
refeftory, that during the whole of that day 
bufinefs would confine him to hi» cell, he 
thought himfelf fecure from her wakeful 
jealoufy. Accordingly, at the howrs when 
the Spaniards are generally taking their 
fiella, he ventured to quit the abbey byi .rf 
private door, the key of which was in hii 
poiTeOion. The cowl of his habit wai 
thrown over hi« face ; from the heatof xJar; 
weather the ftreets v^re almofl: totally dtf* 
ierted: the monk met with few people^ 
fouad the (trada di San lago^ and arrived 
withQOt accident at Donna £lvira's door. 
, He rang^ was admitted, and immediately 
ufhered into an upper ^ipartmcnt. / 

. It vr4s here that he ran the great eft rifquc 
of a difcovery. Had Leonella been at 
homc^. (lie would have recognized him 
directly. Her communicative difpofitipit 
would nevQr have permitted her to refl:, till 
aU Madrid was informed that Ambrofio 
had ventured out of the abbey, and vifited 



( 2M ) 

her filler. Fortune here ftood the monE's 
friend. On Leonella*s return home, (he 
found a letter inftrufting her, that a coufin 
'wasjuft dead, who had left what little he 
poffefled between herfelf and Elvira, To 
fecure this bequeft Ihe was obliged to fet 
out for Cordova without loffng a moment. 
Amidft all her foibles, her heart was truly 
ivarm and affeftionate, and flic was unwil- 
ling to quit her fifter in fo dangerous a date. 
But Elvira infiflcd upon her taking the 
journey, confcious that, in her daughter*^ 
forlorn fituationj no incrcafe of fortune, 
•however trifling, oilght to be neglcdtecf. 
Accordingly Leonella left Madrid, fincere- 
iy grieved at lier filler's illncfs, and giving 
fome few fighs to the memory of the amia- 
ble but inconftant Don Chriftovaf. She 
was fully perfuaded, that at firft ftie had 
made a terrible breach in his heart; but 
hearing nothing more of him, flie fuppofed 
that he had quitted the purfuit, difgnfted 
by the lownefs of her origin, and knowing 
upon other terms than marriage he had no- 
thing 
Ik 



( ^^i ) 

tFiing to hope from fuch a dragon of virtue 
as (lie prufefled herfelf ; or elfe, that being 
naturally capricious and changeable, the re- 
niembrance of her charms bad been effaced 
from the conde*s heart by ihofe of fome 
newer beauty. Whatever was the caufe of 
her lofing him, fhe lamented it forel^^ 
She flrove in Tain, as (he affured every- 
body who was kihci enough to liftcn to her, 
to tear his image from her too fufceptible 
heart. She affeded the airs of a lovc-fick 
virgin, and carried them all to the moft ri- 
diculous excefs. She heaved lamentable 
iighs, walked with her arms folded, uttered 
long foliloquies,and her difcourfe generally 
turned upon fome forfaken maid, who ex- 
pired of a broken heart ! Her fiery locks 
were always ornamented with a garland of 
willow. Every evc-ning (he was feen (tray- 
ing upon the banks of a rivulet by moon- 
ligbt; and fhe declared herfelf a violent 
admirer of murmuring ftreams and night- 

ingale$ 

L4 «0f 



*o 



( 2^4 > 
**^ Of fondy haunts, and twilight gro?cs,. 
• ** Places which pafc paflion lores V* 

Such was the ftatc of I^eonella^s mind 
when obliged to quit Madrid. Elvira Was 
out of patience at all thcfe follies, and en- 
deavoured at perfuadiog her to aA like a 
rcafonable woman. Her ad vkc was thrown 
away : LeoneHaaflUred bcr at parting, that 
nothing could make 1^ forget the perfi- 
dious Don ChriftovaU In -this point (he 
was fortunately miilaken. An boned 
youth of Cof dova, joorneyauq to an apo« 
thecary^ found that berjfoiftini?. would be 
fufficient to fet hi<n up in a geoted (hop of 
his own. In confequenc^ ^f this refledion 
he avowed himfelf her admirer.; Leonella- 
was not inflexible ; the ardour of iiis fighs 
mehcd her heart, and (he foon eonfented to 
make him the happieft of mankind. She 
wrote to inform her filler of her marriage.>^ : 
but, for reafons which, will be explained . 
hereafter, Elvira never anfwered her let-; 

ter* . - 

Ambroiio 



( ^^5 ) 

Atnbrofio was conduded into the and-' 
.chamber to that where Elvira was rcpofing. 
The female domeftic who had admitted 
him, left him alone, while (he announced 
his arrival to her miftrefs. Antonia, 'who 
had been by her mother*s bed-fide, im- 
mediately came to him. 

" Pardon me, father,"^ fard (I}e, advan- 
cing towards him ; when recognizing his 
features, (he flopped fuddenly, and ut- 
tered a cry of joy. '^ Is it poffible ?'' fhe 
continued, ^* do not my eyes deceive me? 
Has the worthy Ambrofio broken through 
his rcfolution, that he may foften. the ago- 
nies of th^beft of women ? What pleafure 
will this vifit give my mother I Let me not 
delay for a moment the comfort which youf^' 
piety and wifdom will afford her.*' 

Thus faying, fhe opewd the chamber^ 
door, prcfcnted ta her mother licr diftin- 
guilhed vifitor, and, having placed aaarnjt- 
chair by the fide of the bed, witbdrc* intcy 
another apartment, 

Elvira was highly gratified b^ tku vi&c** 
L 5 Vt» 



( 226 ) 

her cxpeflations had been raifcd higK by 
general report, but flie found them far ex* 
ceeded. Ambrofio, endowed by nature 
with powers of pleafing, exerted them to 
the utmoft, while converfing with Antonia*^ 
mother. With perfuafive eloquence he 
calmed every fear, and diffipated every fcru- 
plc. He bade her refleft on the infinitenier- 
cy of herjudge, defpoiled death of his darts 
and terrors, and taught her to view with- 
out flirinking the aby fs of eternity, on whofe 
brink (he then flood. Elvira was abforbed 
rn attention and delight; while (he liftened 
to his exhortaiions, confidence and comfort 
ftole infenfibly into her mind. Slie unbo- 
fomed to him without hefitation her cares 
.ij|pidfd:apprehcnfions. The latter refpefting 
R^ure hfe he had already quieted, and h« 
now removed the former, which (lie felt 
for the concerns of this. She trembled for 
Antopia ; (he had none to whofe care flic 
€0uld recommend her, fave to the marquis 
de las Cifternas, and her fifter LeoncUa^ 
The proteftion pf the one was very uncer- 



( 2^7 ) 
laia J and as. to the other, thcngh fond of 
her niece, Lconella was fo thoughtlefs and 
vain, as to make her an improper perfon to 
have the fole dircftion of a girl fo young 
and ignorant of the world. The friar no | 
fooner learned tfee caufe of her alaniis,.thaa 
he begged her to mak« herfelf eafy upoa 
that head. He doubted not being able to 
fecure for Antonia a fafe refuge in the houfe 
of one of his penitents,, the marchionefs of 
Villa- Franca : this was a lady of acknow- 
ledged virtue, remarkable for ft rid princi- 
ples and extenfive charity^ Should acci- 
dent deprive her of this refource, he en- 
gaged to procure Antonia a reception in 
foine refpedable convent, that is to fay,, in 
quality of boarder j for Elvira had de- 
clared herfelf no friend to a monadic life, 
and the monk was either candid or com- 
. pl^ifant enougli to allow that her difappra- 
bation was not unfounded. . 
. Thefe proofs. of the intereft: which he felt 
&)r her,, completely won Elvira's heart. In^ 
L 6 thanking* 



( £28 ) 

thankiDg him, flie exhaufted every cx- 
preflion which gratitude could furnifh^ 
and proiefted, that now (he (hould refign 
herfelf with tranquillity to the grave. Am- 
brofio rofe to take leave ; he proniifed to 
^return the next day at the! fame hour, but 
requefted that his vifits might be kept fe- 
crct* 

** I am unwilling/* faid he, ** that my 
breaking through a rule impofed by necef- 
fity, (hould be generally kaown. Had I not 
refolved never to quit my convent, except 
upon circumftances as urgent as that which 
has conduced me to your door, I fliould 
be frequently dimmoned upon infignificant 
occafions ; that time would be engroflfed 
by the curious, the unoccupied, and the 
fencifol, which I now pafs at the bed-fide 
of the (ick, in comforting the expiring pe- 
nitent, and clearing the paflTagc to eternity 
from thorns/* 

^* Elvira commended equally his prudence 
a^d compaffion,, promifing to conceal care- 

fully 



( 229 ) 

. iiMy the honour of his vifits. The monk 
then gave her his benedidion and retired 
•from the chamber. 

In the anti-room be found Antonia ;. he 
could not refufe himfelf the pleafure of 
pafliog a few moments in her fociety. He 
bade her take comfort, for that her mother 
feemed compofed and tranquil, and he 
tfaoped that (he might yet do well... He en- 
quired who attended her,, and; engaged to 
fend the phyfician of his convent to fee her, 
one of the moft ikiiful in Madrid. He 
then launched out in Elvira's commenda- 
tion, praifed her purity and fortitude o£ 
mind, and declared that (he had infpir^d 
him with the higheft efteem and reverence;. 
Antonia's innocent heart fwelled wijh gra- 
titude, joy danced ift her eyes, whera a tear 
ikWl fparkled. The hopes which he gave her 
'.of her mother's recovery^ the lively iai» 
tereft which he feemed to feel for her, and 
the flattering way in which (he was men- 
Cloned by hicD^ added to the report of his 

judgment 



( ^jo ) 
judgment and virtue^ and to the impreflicJir 
made upon ber by bis eloquenee^ confirn*- 
cd the favourable opinion with which his 
firfl: appearance had infpired Antonia^ She 
replied with diffidence,, but without re- 
ftraint : (lie teared not to relate to him all 
her little forrows, all her little fears and 
anxieties ; and (he thanked hicn for his 
goodnefs with all the genuine warmtii 
which favours kindle in a young and inno- 
cent heart. Such alone knows how to efti- 
mate benefits at their fuJl value. They 
who are confcious of mankind's perfidy and 
felfiflinefs, ever receive an obligation with 
apprehenfion and difguft ; they fufpect t-liat 
fome fecret motive muft lurk behind iD; 
they exprefs their thanks with reftraint and 
caution, and fear to praife a kind adion 
CO its full extent, aware that on fome fu- 
ture day a return may be required. Not fo 
Antonia — (he thought the world was com- 
pofed'Only of thofe who refembled her ; and 
that vice exifted, was. to her ftill a fecretW; 
The monk lud been of fervice tocher ; he 



f 2>I ) 

feid- tliat he wiflied her wdl ; flic ww ^ 
grateful for his kinJnefs, and thought thtt 
no terms were ftrong enough to be the ve- 
hide of her thanks. Withvvhat delight did 
Ambrofia liften to the declaration of her 
artlefs gratitude ! The natural grace of hrir 
manners, the unequalled fwcetneft of her 
voice, her modeft vivacity, her unftudicd 
elegance, her expreffive CMintenance and 
intelligent eyes united to infpire him with - 
pleafure and admii-ation i while the folidity 
and corredneis of her remarks received adf^ 
ditional beauty from the unaffefted fimplfc- 
city of the language in which they were 
conveyed. 

•Ambrofio was at length obliged to tear 
himfelf from this converfation, which pot 
feifed for him but too many charms. He 
repeated to Antoniahis wiflies, that his vifiis 
fhould not be made known ; which defire 
flie promifed to obfcrve. He then quktcd 
the houfe., while his enchantrefs haftened to 
her mocber,. ignorant of the mifchief which^ 
her beauty hadcaufed. She was eager' to 



i *p ) 

•know Elvira's opinion of the man whofl» 
ihc had ^.raifed in fuch cnihufiaftic terms^ 
and was delighted to find it equally favpur- 
lable, if not even more fo than her own. 

" Even betore he fpoke," faid E,lvira, 
-** I was prejudiced in his favour i , the fer- 
vour of his exhortations, dignity of t^ 
manner, and clofenefs of his reafoning, 
'were very far from inducing mc to alter my 
opinion. His fine and full-toned voicp 
ilruck me particularly ; but furely. An- 
tonia, I have heard it before. It fecmed 
perfedly familiar to my ear; either I muft 
•Jiave known the abbot in former times, or 
his voice bears a wonderful refemblance to 
that of fome other, to whom I have oftea 
liftened. There were certain tones which 
touched my very heart, and made me feel 
•^fenfations fo Angular, that I ftrive in vain 
to account for them." 

<< My deareft mother, it produced the 
fame eflFeft upon me ; yet certainly neither 
of us ever heard hrs voice till we came to* 
Madrid- I fufpefttbat 5rhat we attribute 

to 



( 233 ) 
to his voice, really proceeds from his plea- 
fan t manners, which forbid our confidering 
him as a ftranger, I know not why^ but I 
feel more at my eafe while converfing with 
him, than I ufually da with people who arc 
unknown to me. I feared not to^ repeat to 
him all my childilh thoughts ; and feme- 
how I felt confident that he would hear my 
folly with indulgence. Oh ! I was AOt de- 
ceived in him ; he liftened to me with 
fuch an air of kindnefs and attention i be 
anfwered me with fuch genileneis^ fuch 
condcfcenfion ; he did not cat] me aft in- 
fant^ and treat me with contempt, as oiir 
crofs old confeffor at the Caftle ufcd'to do. 
I verily believe, that if I had lived in Mur- 
cia a thoiifand years, I .never ihoiild have 
liked that fat old father Dominic T'- 

*• I confefsj that father Dominic had not 
the moft plcafing manners in- the world ; 
but he was honeft, friendly, and welU 
meaning. ** 

" Ah ! my dear mother, thofe <qvialities 
are fo commoh'— '^ 

1 " God 



( 234 ) 

V God grant, my child, that experienc 
may not teach you to think them rare anc 
precious ! I have found them but toe 
much fo. But tell me, Antonia, why is it 
impoflible for me to have fccn the abb©t 
before ?'' 

'^ Becaufe, fince the moment when he en* 
tered the abbey he has never been on the 
outQde of its walls. He told mejufl. now^ 
that from his ignorance of the ftreecs be 
had fome difficulty to find the flrada di-Saa 
lago^ though fo near the abbey.** ■ • , 

^* All this is poffible^ and flill J, magr 
have feen him bef<«re he entered the abbey.: 
in order to come out, it was rather neceSksy 
that he ftiould firft go in.*' , . . 

" Holy virgin 1 as you fay, that is.yjecy 
true. — Oh ! But might he not have bj^ca 
born in the abbey ?*' 

Elvira fmiled. 

*• Why, not very eafily.** 

" Stay, (lay 1 Now I recolleft how \\ was. 
He was p\it into the abbey quite a child ; 
the common people fay, that he fell from 

heavca^ 



( ^35 > 

heaven, and was fent as a prefcnt to the 
Capuchins by the Virgin.'* 

*^ That was very kind of her. And lb he 
fell from heaven, Antonia ? He muft have 
had a terrible tumble." 

** Many do not credit this j and I fancy, 
my dear mother, that I muft number you 
among the unbelievers. ' Indeed, as our 
landlady told my aunt, the general idea is, 
that his parents, being poor, and lihable to . 
maintain him, left him juft born at the 
abbey door ; the late fuperior, from pare 
diarity, had him educated in the convent ; 
and he proved to be a model of virtue, ami 
piety i and learning, and 1 know not what 
* elfe befides. In confequence, he was firft 
received as a brother of the order, and not 
Ibtig ago was chofen abbot. However^ 
whether this account or the other is the 
true one — at leaft all agree, that when 
the monks took him under their care, he 
could not fpeak ;• therefore you could not 
have heard his voice before he entered the 

raonaftery,^ 



( 236 ) 

mona{lery> becaiife ac that cime he had 
no voice at all/* 

" Upon my word, Antoniaj you argue 
very clofely ; your conclufions are infallible. 
I did not fufped you of being fo able a lo- 
gician." 

" Ah ! you arc mocking me ; but fo 
much the better. It delights me to fee you 
in fpirits ; befides, you feiem tranquil and 
eafyt and I hope that you will have no more 
convulfions. Oh I 1 was fare the abboi'i 
. vifit would jdo you good/' 

./< Ic has mdeed done me good, my cbUdir 
He has quitted my mind upon fome ppinA 
which agitated me, andl already feel the ef« 
feds of his attention. My eyes grow Jbei* 
vy, and I think I can fleep a Jiule. Draw 
the curtains, iny Antonia: butifllhotiW 
not wake before midnight, do not fit up*, 
with me,. I charge you." ♦ ■ 

.Amoniapromifed to obey her; ajid, bav* 
ir>g received .her blciTing, .dr^^ ^^^ ,cwrtains 
•of the bed, She then feated herfelf in 

filence 



( '^IJ- ) 

\ filence at her embroidery frame, and be- 
guiled the hours with building caftles in the 
g air. Her fpirits were enlivened by the evi- 
b dent change for (.be better in Elvira, and her 
\ fancy prefented her with vifions bright and- 
pleafing. la thefe dreams Ambrofio made 
i no defpicable figure. She thought ofhim 
r with joy and gratitude : but for every idea 
which fell to the friarV (hare, at leaft two 
^ere unconfcib'ully beftowed upon Loren- 
zo. Thus jiktfed the tirne, till the bell in 
I the neighbouring ftceple of the Capuchin 
-■ cathedral anno.unced the hour of midnight. 
Antonia remen^bered Jjer rnother's injunc- 
tions, ahd obeyed them, though with reluc- 
tance. SI>^ updrewj tbe curtails with cau- 
tion. Elvira was enjoying a profound 
and quiet flumber ^ her chedk glowed with 
health's returiiirig ecjfe^rs^^: a fmiic;dcdared 
that her dteUtiis'Were Jifeafknfi^nd as Anto- 
nia bent over her (he Tancied that%e heard 
her name prohodnccd.' 'She krfleff'htff mo- 
ther's forehead foftly^ /and retired to her 
chamber; th^if^f Vfje/t bjsf^^^ of 

6 ^x. 



( as8 ) 

Su Rofolla, her patronefs ; flie rec 
mended htrfelf to th« proreAion of hei) 
and, as had been her cuftom from infar 
concluded her devotions by chaunting ^ 
following ftanzas : 

MIDNIGHT HYMN. 

Now all 18 luifhM ; the folemn chime 
No longer fwclls the nightly gale : 
Thy awtul prefence, hour fuhliine, . 
"With fpotlefs heart once more I haiU 

'TIs now the moment Hill and dread. 
When forcercrs ufe their haleful power; 
When graves give up their buried dead ' 
To profit by the fandlioned hour, 

,From gu^t and guilty thoughts fecure^ 
To duty and devotion trde, " ^' 

With bofem light and co'nfcicnce ptirtr, 
Repefe, thy gehtk aid I woo. 

'Gopd angels 1 take my thanks, that Hill 
., Tfcq^faarefiof vice Ivicw with fcqrnj ^ 

. Thanl;«, that to*night a« free from itt , ? . , 
1 fleep, as w^en I woke at mom. 

, Yet may m>t my^vncoofclpus breaA 

, Harl^our fome^guilt to pne ^nl^nown I . 
Some with impure^ which unrepreft , 

Yw bioih t6 ^e, and I to ov^n ? 



i.j 



If 



( 239 ) 

If fuch there be, in gentle dream 
Inftrudlmy f<ret to fhun the^fnarc; 
Bid truth upon my errors beam, 
And deign to make me ftill yoar care. 

Chafe from my peaceful bed away, 
The witching fpell, a foe to reft. 
The nightly goblin, wanton fay, 
Theghoft in pain, and fiend unbleft. 

Let not the tempter in mine ear . 

Pour lefTons of unhallowed joy ; , 
Let not the night -mare, wandering near 
My couch, the calm of ileep dcflroy. 

Let not fome horrid dream affiright ' 
With flrange fantaftic £orms mine eyei ; . 
But rather bid fome vifion bright 
Difplay the bUfs of yonder ikies. 

Shew mc the cryftal domes of heaven, 
The worlds of light where angels lie ; 
Shew me the lot to mortals given. 
Who guiltlels livc; who guil^efs die. 

Then (hew ac how a feat to gaiV 
Amidft thofe blifsful realms of air ; 
Teach me to (hun each guilty (lain, 
And guide me to the good and fair* 



So 



C «4P ) 

So every morn and otglit my voioe 
To heave^i die grateful ftrain ^ail raife; 
In yoii as guardian powers rejoice. 
Good angels i aad exalt yoor praife« 

So will I drive, with zealoutfire, 
Each vice to fhun, each fault correal : 
Will love the leflbns you infpirc, 
And prize the virtues you proted. 

Then when at length, by high command. 

My body (eeks the grave's rcpofe, 

When death draws nigh with friendly hand^ 

My felling pilgrim-cyet to dofe : -'■ 

Pleaa'd that my foul efcapes the wreck, . . 

. ^ighlefs will I my life refign, 
And yifld t« God my fplrit back. 
As pure as when it firl was mine. 

• - . ' • i'f- 

Having finifhed berufual devotions. An-*' 
tonla retired to bed. Sleep foon ftblc oVc^ 
herfenfes; and for feveral hcnb fhe ehh'* 
joyed that calm repofe which innocenceT 
alone can know, and for which many a mo-' 
narch with pleafurc would exchange hfe-- 
crown* , ■ . .•^••! 



CHAy. 



( Ui ) 



CHAP. VII. 



• Ah ! how dark 



Thefe long, extended realms and rueful waftes ; 

Where nought but filence reigns, and night, dark night, 

Dark as was chaos ere the infant fun 

Was rolled together, or had tried its beams 

Athwart the gloom profound ! The (ickly taper, 

By glimmering through thy low-browed mifty raults 

Furred round with mouldy damps and ropy dime,. 

Lets fall a fupernumcrary horror, 

And only fcrvcs to make thy night more irkfomc ! 

Blaiii. 



Returned undircovered to the abT 
bey, Anibrofio*s mind was filled with the 
moft pleafing images. He was wilfully- 
blind to the danger of expofing himfelf to 
Antonia*s charms : he only remembered 
the pleafurc which her fociety had afforded 
him, and rejoiced in the profpeft of that 
pleafure being repeated. F^e failed not to 
profit by Elvira's indifpofition to obtain a 
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( ^242 ) 

fgln of her daughter every day. At fir ft 
lie boiind'ed his wifhes to infpire Antonia 
with friendfliip : but no fooner was he con- 
vinced that Hie felt that feiitiment in its 
fulleft extent, than his aim became more 
decided, and his attentions affumed a 
warmer colour. The innocent familiarity 
with which (lie treated him^ encouraged his 
defires. ' Grbv/n ufed to her modefty, it no 
longer comtlianded the lame refpcdl and 
awe: he ftill admired ir^ but it only made 
him more anxious to deprive her of that 
qudlity which formed her principal charm. 
•Wamuh of paflion, and natural penetra- 
tion, of which latter, unfortunately both for 
himfelf and Antonia, he poflefled an ample 
(hare, fupplied a knowledge of the f*rts of 
fedudion. He cafily diftinguidied' the 
cmotions'which were favourable to his de* 
figns, and feiz^d every means with avidity 
of infufing. corruption into Ahtonia's bo- 
fom. This he found no eafy matter. Ex- 
treme fimplicity prevented her' from per* 
ceiving the aim to which the monk^s infi'- 
nuations tended ; but the excellent morals 
I which 



( ^43 ) 
which flie owed to Elvira's care, the foli- 
diry and corredtnefs of her undcrftanding, 
and a flrong fenfe of what was right, im- 
planted in her heart by nature, made her 
.feel that his precepts muft be faulty. By 
a few fimple words flie frequently over. 
threw the whole bulk of his fophiftica! ar- 
guments, and made him confcious ho-v 
v/eak they were when oppofed to virtue and 
truth. On fuch occafions he took refuge in 
his eloquence; he overpowered her with a 
torrent of philofophical.paradoxes, to which, 
not undcrftanding them, it was impofiihle 
'for her to reply ; and thus, though he did 
-not convince her that his reafoning wasjuft, 
•he at lead prevented her from difcovering it 
to be fiilfe. He perceived that her refpc;!:t 
for his judgment augmented daily, and 
•doubted not with time to bring her to the 
point defired. 

He was not uncortfcious that his attempts 
were highly criminaK He faw clearly the 
bafenefs of feducing the innocent girl ; but 
his paffion was- too violent, to permit his 
abandoning bis dcfign. He refolved to 

M 2 Y^\^\\>i 



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purfaeir, let the confcqncncesbe wliat they 
might. He depended uporj finding Anto- 
tiia in fome unguarded moment J and fee- 
ing no other man admitted into her fociety, 
nor hearing any mentioned either by her 
or by Elvira, he imagined that her yourtg 
heart was ftili unoccupied. While be wait- 
ed for the opportunity of fatisfying his on- 
warrantable luft, every day increafed his 
cbldnefs for Matilda. Not a little was this 
occafioned by the confcioufnefs of his faults 
to hen To hide them from her, he was not 
fufficiently roafterof himfelf ; yet he dread- 
ed left, in a tranfport of jealous rage, Ihc 
Ihould betray the fecret on which his cha- 
rafter and even his life depended. Madl- 
da could not but remark his iDdifference: 
he was confcious that (lie remarked iti'aiMJ, 
fearing lier reproaches, (luinned h'eri^ftddt- 
oufly. Yet, when he could not' fi:Void4lfe<r, 
her mildnefs might have '^coiivifriert^ ^Mm 
that he had nothing to dread frt)itt»h*i«#e. 
fentment. She had reftuiiifa thif chtti^ifter 
of the gentle interefting Rofario: (he taxed 
him not with ingratitude ; but her eyes fill- 
ed 



( ^45 > 
ed with involuntary, tears, and the fofc me- 
lancholy of her countenance an-d voice ut- 
tered complaints far more touching than 
word^ could have conveyed. Ambrofio 
was not unmoved by her forrovv ; but, un^^ 
able to rcnioye its caufe, he forbore to (how 
that tt affefted him. As her condnft con- 
vinced him that he needed not fear her ven- 
geance,, he continued to negleft her, and- 
avoided her company with care, Matilda 
fawthat (he in vain attempted to regain 
his afFedions ; yet (heftifled the impulfe of 
refentment, and continued to treat her in- 
conftant lover with her former fondnefs and 
aSedion, 

'. By degrees Elvira^ conftitatlon recovered 

'kfelf« She was no longer troubled with 

oonvulfioos, and Antoniaceafed to tremble 

.iforbcr mother. Ambrofio beheld thisre- 

•tflablifliimem with difpleafure. He faw 

^ TthatElyii^'^ knowledge of the world would 

; I not be^ the dupe of his fandified demeanour, 

'^n4ifhai^A>e would eaCly perceive his views 

; ;lip9Pr!hef jd^i^hter. He refolvecj therefore, 

Sw'. ' > i] -.-..: ,..\ M3. .. ^, before 



C m6 ) 

before fbe quitted her chan;iber, to try.' the 
extent of his influence over the innocent . 
Antcnia. 

Ooe evening, when he had found Elvira 
ahrioft perfcdUy icftored to health, hequit* 
ted her earlier than was his ufual cuftoni^ 
Not finding Antonia in the antichamfcer^.- 
lie ventured to follow her to her own. It . 
was only leparated from her mother's by a 
clofer, in which Flora, the waiting-wonaan, 
f^enerally ilept. Antonia fat iipon a ibpha . 
v/iih her back towards the door, awd rwd . 
autniivcly. SIk heard not his approach, . 
nil he had featcd himfclf by her. She 
Ihirced, and welcomed him with a look of 
pl'eafure : then rifing, fhe would have con- 
duded bim to the fitting-room j but Amljro-. ^ 
fio, taking her hand, obliged her by gentle. 
\iolence to refume her place. She com-* 
plied vvithouc difficulty: fhe knew not that 
there was more impropriety in conyerfing' . 
with him in one room than another. Slip. 5., 
thought herfelf equally fccure of his pria- 
ciples and her own s and having replaced 

herfelf 



( 247 ) 

herfelf upon the fopha, ihe began to prat- . 
tie to him' wiili her ufual eafe and viva- .. 
citv. . . 

He examined the hook, which (lie had 
been reading, and had now placed upon the 
table. It was the Bible. 

^^ How !'' raid the friar to himfelf, '' An- . 
tonia reads the Blbiej aad is dill fo igno- 
rant?'* 

^ But, upon a further infpcdian, hefound 
that Elvira had made exa<5tly the fame re- 
mark. That prudent mother, while {he ad-^ 
mired the Beauties of the facrcd writings, 
was convinced that, ui^redrided, no read- 
ing more improper could be permitted a» 
young woman. Many of the narratives 
can only tend to excite ideas the word cal- 
culated for a female bread : every thing is 
called plainly and roundly by its name ; 
and the annals of a brothel would fcarccly 
furnidi a greater choice of indecent expref- 
fions. Yet this is the boo^ which young 
women are recommended to dudy, v/hich 
is put into the hands of children, able to 
M 4 com- 



( 248 ; 

comprehend little more than thofe paflages'^ 

of which they had better remain ignorant, 

and which but too frequently inculcates the 

firft rudiments of vice, and gives the firft 

alarm to the ftill fleeping paffions. Of this 

was Elvira fo fully convinced, that (he 

would have preferred putting into her 

daughter's hands " Amadis de Gaul^'^ or • 

'* The Valiant Champion j Tiranie the White r^ ' 

?nd would fooner have author ifed her ftii*'' 

dying die lewd exploits oi Don Galaor^ or I 

the lafcivious jokes of iiie Damfcl Fiaz^] 

di n.ivida. She had in cionfequ'ence made'* 

two refolutions refpeftirig the Bible. Tl^- 

firft wa!s, that Antonia (hbuld not read.Jr-' 

tin Ihe was of an age to feel its beau^i^v^l 

and profit by its morality. The fecobdt''^ 

that it fliould be copied out with her O^ni^^ 

hapd, and all improper paflag^s dther aT- 

tered or omitted. She had adhei-cd ta this •^ 

detcxmination, and fuch was- the 'Bibte. 1 

which Awonia "W^as reading : it had' be6h 

latdy delivit^ed to' her^ and (hQ :pcriift*rtt^> 

wi^h^^aA avidity, with a delight that was in- . 

exfreffible. 



( 249 ) 
cxpreQible^ Ambrofio perceived his mif- 
take, and replaced the book upon ihc 
table. . 

Antonia fpoke of her mother's health 
with all the enthufiaftic joy of a youthful 
heart. 

" 1 2^dmire your filial affeftion,'* faid the 
abbot ; ** it proves the excellence and fenfi- 
bility of your charader ; it promifes a trea- 
fure to bini whom Heaven has deftined to- 
poflefs your affedions. The bread fo ca- 
pable of fondnefs for a parent, what will it 
feel for a lover ? N*y, perhaps, what feels 
it. for one even now ? Tell me, my lovely 
daiighter,^ have you known what it Is t6 
loveP'Anfwer me with fincerity : fbrge^ 
mjF habit, and coniider me only as a- 
friend." 

•* What it is to fove t"^ faid Ihe, repeating 
Wis queftioA* ** Oh ! yes, undoubtedly ; I 
have loved many, many people/^ 

" That is not what I mean. The love 
€f nfbicb I fpcafc can be felt only for onc^ 
^ 1M5 liave ; 



( 250 ) 
Have you never feen the man >ybom yott 
widiccl to be your hufband ?'* 

« Oh! no, indeed!' 
; This W4S in untruth, but (he was uncon- 
felons of its falfehood : (he knew not the 
nature of her fentiments for Lorenzo ;. and 
aever having feen him fince hisfirft vifit to 
Elvira, with every day his image grew Ic& 
feebly imprefled upon her bofom : bcfides, 
(he thought of an hufband with all a virgi-n's 
terror, and negatived the friar's demand 
\rithont a moment's hefuation. 
*- ^* And do you not long to fee thac man, 
Antonia ? Do you feel no void in your 
heart, which you fain would have filled up f 
©o you : heave no fighs for the abfence of 
fomc one dear to you, but who that ibnaj^ 
one is you knovv not ? Perceive you not 
that what forrberly could pleafc, has charms 
for you rk> longer ?r that a'thoofand ncwil 
withes, ndw ideas, new fenfations, ' banr.o 
^ung:in*your bofotn, only to be felr, never 
W be tJefciribed h Or, while ypu fill «*eii*p 
': * • i other 



( *5i ) 

Other heart with paffion, is it poffible thac 
your own remains infenfihle and cold ? Ic , 
cannot be ! That melting eye, that blufli- 
ing cheek, that enchanting voluptuous me- 
lancholy-vvhich at tia>es overfpreads yo.ur 
features — all thefe marks belie your words z 
you lovcj Antonia> aod in vain would hide 
it from me/* 

*' Father, you amaze me! What is dii$ 
love of which you fpeak ? I neither kngw 
its nature, nor, if I felt ir, why I Qiould con* 
ccal the fentiment/' 

^' Have you feen no man, Antonia, 
whom, though never fccn before, you feemed 
long to have fought ? whofc form, though 
^ ftranger's, was familiar to your eyes ? the 
found of whofe voice foothed you, pleafecl 
you, penetrated to your very foul ? io^ 
whofe prcfence you rejoiced, for whofe ^fa- 
fence you lamented ? with whom your 
heart feemed to expand, and in whofe bo- 
fom, .with confidence unboiihded, you re- 
pofed the cares of your own ? Have ypa 
not felt all this, Ai^tonia ?" 

' M6 " Certainly 



{ 2S1 ) 

' ^^ Certainly I have : the firft lime tliatl 
faw you, 1 felt it/* 

Ambrofio ftarted. Scarcely dared be 
credit his hearing. 

•• Me, Antonia?'* he cried. Ins eyes 
(J>arklingwith delight and impatience, while 
he feized her hand, and prefled it raptu- 
ronfly to his lips. " Me, Antonia ? You- 
felt thcfe fentiments for me ?** 

^* Even with more flrength than ybu 
have defcribdd. The very moment that I 
beheld you, I felt fo pleafed, fo intercfted ? 
I waited fo eijgeriy to catch the found of 
your voice; and, when I heard it, it feemect 
fo fweet! it fpoke to me a language tflP 
then fo unknown! Methought it told me 
a thoufand things which I wilhcd to hear!" 
It feemed as if I had long known you ; .is- 
if I had a right to your friend(hip, your 
advice, and your proteftion. I wept whea 
you departed, and longed for the time 

• which (hduid rd^ionre you to my fight/* 

• ** Antonia! my charming Antonia !*" 
esccbumed^ the in6hk|, ^nd caiigfic her to 



( 253 ) 
Lis bofotn : ^} Can I believe my fenfes ^ 
Repeat it to me, my fweet girl f Tell me 
again that you love me, that you love me 
truly and tenderly !** 

** Indeed, I do : let my mother be ex- 
cepted, and the world holds no one more 
dear to me/' 

At this frank avowal Ambrofio no lon- 
ger poflcfled himfelf : wild with defirc> he 
clafped the blufliing trembler in bis arms. 
He fattened his lips greedify upon hers, 
fucked in her pure dclicrqus breath, vio- 
lated with his bold hand the treafures of 
her bofom, and wound around him ber fpfc 
and yielding limbs. Startled, alarmed, and 
^confulfed at his adion, furprife at firft dc- 
privied her of the power of refiflance. At 
length recovering hcrfelf^ fhe ftrove jo 
efcapc from his embrace. 

*• Eathei: ! — Ambrofio !'* flie cried, *^ r^- 
leafe me, for God's f^kc !" 

But the licentiows moftk heeded; i^ot her 
prayers: 1^ perfifted in hb defign, and 
proceectcdi^to «aJte ftiU:'great(jr libi^wies,' 



C ^54 ) 

Anionia prayed, wepr, and ftrugglcd : ter-: 
rjfied to the extreme, though at what (he 
knew not, (he exerted all her ftrength to 
repulfe the friar, and was on the point of 
ftuieking for affiftance, when the chamber- 
door was frtddenly thrown open, Ambrofio 
had juft fufficient prefence of mind to be 
fcnfiblc of his danger, Reludtantly he. 
quitted his prey, and ftarted haftily from 
ihc couch. Antonia uttered an exclama- 
tion of joy, flew towards the door, ancL 
found herfelf clafped in the arms of her 
mother. 

- Alarmed at fome of the abbot's fpeechc.s, 
which Antonia had innocently repeated;,' 
rjvira refolved to afcertain the truth af 
her fufpicions. She had known enough of 
miinkind, not to be impofed upon by the"; 
monk's reputed virtue. She reflected on fe- 
vera] circtimflances, which, though. trifling, 
on being put tog;cther feemed to autho-. 
rjze hcT fears. His freqyejit vifits, which, 
a^s far as flie could fee^ were confined to her 
family,; his evident eoiotion, whenever fhe. 



C ^5i ) 

Q)Dke of Antbnia ; bis being in th( full 
prime and heat of manhood ; and above all^ 
his pernicious philofopby communicated 
to her by Antopia,. and which accorded 
but ill with his converfation in her pre-i 
fence ; all thefe circumftances infpired hci; 
with doubts refpediiTg the purity of Am- 
tvpfio's. friendftiip. In confequence (he 
refolved, when he fhould next be alon^ 
with Antoaia, to endeavour at furprifing 
bim* Her plan bad fucceeded. 'Tis true^ 
;bac when (he entered the room, he ha4 
already abandoned his prey ; but the dif-i 
order -of her daughter's drefs, and the 
Ihamt and confufion (lamped upon the fri^ 
ar's Countenance, fuSiced to prove thax- 
her fufpicioDS were but too wqU jfoundedi 
However^ fli€ wa;s^ too prudent to mak^ 
thofe fufpicions known. She judged, thaH 
to^unmafkthe impoftor would be no eafy 
Bsaiter^ the ptiblic being fo much preju^ 
dice<t in bis favour: and liaving but few 
friends^ (bethought itxiangerous to.malce 
lierfei^ fp' |>cwcr Ibl an. nMmyjj Shs zSkSkti 



( 155 5 

therefore not to remark bis agitation^- fcated. 
herielf tranquilly upon the fdpba^ affigted. 
fome trifling reafon for hartring quitted her 
room uncxpedledly, and converfed on va^ 
rtous fubjetfts with feeming confidence and 
eafc. 

Re- aflured by her behaviour, the monk 
began to recover himfelf. He ftrove to 
anfwer Elvira without appearing embar- 
rafled : but he was ftill too great a novice 
in dinimulation, and he felt that he muft ' 
look confufed and awkward* He foon 
broke off the converfation, and rofe to de- 
part. What was his vexation when, on tak* 
ing leave, Ehira told him, in police terlhs^. 
that being now perfedly rc-eftabliibedi (her.i 
thought it an injuftice to deprive ptfa€r&of<^ 
his company who might be more in need of -^ 
it !^ She aflured him of her eternal gratitude^ : 
fonthe bcriefit/which during lierillncfs fhc- 
had derived from hisfocicty and exb6jfau^ 
tions : and flie lamented that h^ dombflliC'' < 
afi^rs, i,s well as the multitude of btiflii^l^*'' 
wbith hisfituatiod mufl; of ntfceffity^i£ntu>&' 

^''::'^'-' upon 



( 257 ) 
upon hitn, woirid in future deprive terof 
the pleafure of his vifiis. Though delivepcd 
in the mildeft language, this hinc was too 
plain to be miftakcn* Still he was prepar- 
ing to put in a remonttrance, when an ex- 
preflivc look from Elvira flopped him 
fhort. He dared not prefs her to receive 
him, for her manner convinced him that 
he was difcovcred : he fubmittcd without 
repljr, took an hafty leave, and retired to 
the abbey, bis heart filled with rage and ; 
(hame, with bi:ternefs and difappointment* • 
Antonia's mind, felt relieved by his dc-. : 
partunc ; yet Ihe could not help lamenting 
that.fhe was never to fee him more. Elvira 
alfo felt a fecret for row : flie had received 
too much; pleafure: from thinking him her . 
fridndi not to regret the neceffity of chang- : 
ing h-ernopinion ; but her mind was too- 
much accuftomed to the fallacy of worldly . 
friendfhips to permit her prefent difappoint-' 
ment tO} weigh upon it long. She now en^ 
deavoured to mak^e her daughter aware of 
thQ : riiK; wbJKh ;(be bad r^n. :. bw ■. 'Gxe W9^ i >v 

obliged 



( 258 ) 

obliged to treat the fubjeft with caution, 
left, in removing the bandage of ignorance, 
the veil of innocence Ihould be rent away. 
She therefore contented herfelf with warn-; • 
iDg Antonia to be upon her guard, and or- 
dering her, (hould the abbot perfi{l in his i 
vifits, never to receive them but in com- 
pany. With this injunftion Antonia prq- 
mifed to comply. 

Amhrofio haftened to his cell. He clofed 
the door after hiTi, and threw himfelf upon • 
the bed in dcfpair. The i-npulfe ofdcfire, ■ 
ibe (lings of difappointmcnt, thelhanie of * 
detedion, and the fear of being pubJicly ; 
upttiafkcd, rendered his bofom a fccne of 
the mod horrible confufion. He knevy 
not whatcourfe to purfue. Debarred the' 
prefence of Antonia, he had no hopes of 
fatisfying that paffion which was now be- 
came a part of his exiftence. He reflefted 
that his fecret was in a woman's power : he 
tr-mobled with apprehenfion when he be- 
held the precipice before him, and with 
rage when he thought that, had it not been 

for 



( ^59 ) 
for Elvira, he (hould now have ^oflefled 
the objedl of his defires. Witii fhe'direft* 
imprecations he vowed vengeance- againft 
her : he fvvore that, coft what it would, he' 
ftill would poffefe Antonia. Starting from . 
tbe bed, he paced the chamber with difor- 
dered fteps, howled with impotent fury,* 
daflied himfelf violently againft the walls, 
and indulged all the tranfports of rage and 
itiadnefs. 

He was- ftill under the influence of this 
ftorm of -paiTions, when he heard a gentle 
knock. ftt 4;he door of his cell* Confcious- 
that his voice muO: have been beard, he '- 
dared not refufe admittance to the impor- : 
tuner. He ftrove to.compofe himfelf, and . 
to hide his agitation. Having in fome de« '. 
gree fuccceded, he drew back the bolt : the : 
door opened, and Matilda appeared. 

. At this precife moment there was no one • 
wuh whofe prefence be could better hate 
difpenfed. He had not fufBcient command ' 
over himfelf to conceal his vexation. )H^ 
ftarted back, and frowned. . , ■*. 

<^ I am 



( a6o > 

•* I am bufy/* faid he in a ftern and 
bafty tone -, " leave mc.*' 

Matilda heedtd him not : (he again faf- 
tened the door, and then advanced towards 
him with an air gentle and fupplicatiog. 

" Forgive me^ Ambrofio/* iaid Ihej 
•' for your own fake I muft not obey you. 
Fear no complaints from me ^ I come not 
to reproach you with your ingratitude. I 
pardon you from my heart ; and fince your 
love can no longer be mine, I requeft the 
next beft gift, your confidence and friend- 
Ihip. ,\ye cannot force our inclinations: 
the little beauty which you once faw in ine 
has periQied with its novelty ; and if it. can 
no longer excite denre» mine is the. faulty 
not yours. But why perfift in fliunning 
me ? \yhy fuch anxiety to fly my prefence ? 
You have forrows, but will not permit ine 
to (ii^rc them ; you havie difappointmeotSj 
but will not afcccept my comfort ; you baye 
wifhjcs^ pnt fojrbid my aiding your purfqip* 
'Tis of^ this which I complain, not pf ypur 
intili^<;fieocc to my pcrCon. I have given 



up the claims of the miRrefs, but' nothing 
ill all prevail on me to give up thofe of the 
friend." 

^^ Generous Matilda!" he replied, taking 
her hand, ** how far do you rife fuperior 
to the foibles of your fex ! Yes, I accept 
your ofFen I have need of an advifer, and 
a confident : in you Ifind every needful 
quality united^ But to aid my purfuits 

- — '- -Ah ! Matilda, it lies not in your 

power !" 

** It lies in no one's power but mine. 
'Ambrofio, your fecret is none to me : your 
every ftep, your every adlion has been ob- 
served by my attentive eye. You love/' ' 
^'« Matilda!" < ' 

** Why conceal it from mc ? Fear not 
4he little jealoufy which taints the 'gene- 
rality of women : xhy foiil difdii^n^ To de- 
{picable a pafTion. You Idt^e, AttibVo'fio; 
A'ntohia Dalfa isf tfie objedV of ybur (h!mL 
1 know every circuniftanceYefpeA'in:^ yrfur 
pafSoh, Every coAverfatiori Ras b'etti''rfef- 
'i^eated to me. I have been informed of 

your 



( 162 ) 

your attempt lo enjoy Antonia's perfon, 
your difappoinimcnt, and difmiflion from 
tllvira's houfe; You now defpair of pof- 
fcfTing your miflrefs; but-I come to revive 
your hopes, and point out the load to fuc- 
cefs/' 
«* To fuccefs ? Oh ! impofiible.** 
" To thofe who dare, nothing is impoffir 
"ble. Rely upon me, and you may 3'et be 
happy. The time is come, Ambrofio^ 
when regard for your comfort and tran- 
quilliry compels me to reveal a part of my 
hiflory, with\^h;ch you are dill unacquaint- 
ed. Liften, and do not interrupt .mc. 
Should my confeflion difguft you, remem- 
ber that itt making it my fole aim is to far 
tisfy your wilhes, and reflore that peace to 
your heart which at prcfent has abandoned 
ir. I formerly mentioned, that my guar- 
dian was a man of uncommon knowledge. 
He took pains to inftil that knowledge into 
my infant mind. Among the various fci- 
ences which curiofity had induced him to 
explore, he negleflcd not that which by 

mod 



( i63 ) 

tnoft is efteemed impious, and by many 
chimerical : I fpeak of thofe arts which re- 
late to the world of fpirics. His deep re« 
fearches into caufes and effeds, his unwea- 
ried application to the ftudy of natural phi- 
lofophy, his profound and unlimited know- 
ledge of the properties and virtues cf every 
gem which enriches the deep, of every 
herb which the earth produces, at length 
procured him the diftintlion which he had 
fought fo long, fo earneftly. His curiofity 
was fully flaked, his ambition amply gra- 
tified. ' He gave laws to the elements : he 
could reverfe the order of nature : his eye 
read the mandates of Futurity, and the in- 
fernal fpirits were fubmiffive to his con> 
mands. Why ftirink you from me ? I 
underftand that enquiring look. Your 
fufpicions are right, though your terrors 
are unfounded. My guardi^m concealed 
not from me his mofl: precious acquifitipa. 
Yet, had I never feen you^ I (hould. never 
have exerted my power. Like you, I (hud- 
dered at the thoughts of magic,. Like.yqu, 

I had 



( 264 ) 
I had formed a terrible idea of the confe- 
quences of railing a daemon. To prefcrvc 
that life which your love had taught me to 
prize, I had recourfe to means which I 
trembled at employing. You remember 
that night which I pafied in St. Clare's 
fepulchre ? Then was it that, furround^ 
by mouldering bodies, I dared to perform 
thofe myftic rites, which fummoncd to my 
aid a fallen angel. Judge what mud havr. 
been my joy at difcovering that my terror 
were imaginary. I faw the daemon obedient 
to my orders : I faw him trembling at my 
frown ; and found that, inftead of feiliog 
my foul to a mafter, my courage had pup- 
chafed for myfelf a Have.'* 

" Rafli Matilda ! What have you done? 
You have doomed yourfelf to endlefs per- 
dition ; you have bartered for monsentwf 
power eternal happinefs ! If on witchcraft 
depends the fruition of my dcfires, Irev^ 
nounce your aid moft abfolutely. The 
confequences are ^ too horrible.. I dote 
upon Antonia, but am not fo blinded by 

luft. 



( ^5 ) 
Ivfty 2LS: io!-facn&:e for her cnjofftiMt itiy 
'cxiftence both ia this world and inP'ibe 



nexti'' 



; <* Ridiculotts pit^iidioes t Oh J blufh, 
Amixofio, bluih «t ibetng fufageded to thekr 
dominion ^ Where is the riiqueof iccept* 
ifi^ Q^ ofiersf What (hould induce my 
perfuading you to this ftep^ CKept tbor 
wi(h of reftoring you to happtnefi and 
^iet?.:I£ Inhere is da^ig^r^ it mud; fall upofr 
ve^ . It IS I who tfiir^ke ^e tainiftry of the: 
fjpirlts: >miae therefore will be the trime^ 
wd'JQVira.dw profit ; but dahgrt there ia: 
Qooe- ' Th6encmy.of{maakifadis my ilave» 
n^ my foviereign. Is there Jio difiereiKie> 
between ^ving and receiving la(ws, beCV^eea 
UfNm^^i^' <atninaiid{ag 3 Awake from^ 
yquir tdk>drrafns, Ambrofiol throw ftdn. 
yputheTcrterrQrs fo'ili fuitcd to a foul tibr • 
yxwr^; lisan^c therti 6ir cwanaictfi mtrh' «ai< 
<()affe: tqi be happy 1 Accompany tne thta . 
tlij^lit to St. Clare's fepukhrc; therb wH^ 
tybb my incaofationst and Aatonia ia your 

-Vol. II. N •^ To 



( z66 ) 

^< To obtain her by fuch means, I nejtfacr 
can nor will. Ceafe then to perfuadc me, 
for I dare not employ heirs agency.'* 

*' You Jare not? How have you deceived 
me ! That mind which I efleemed fo great 
and valiant, proves to be feeble, puerile, 
and grovelling, a (lave to vulgar errors^ and 
weaker than a woman's.'* 

«' What ? Though confcious of the dan- 
ger, wilfully (hall I cxpofe myfelf to the 
feducer's arts ? Shall t renounce for ever 
my title to falvation ? Shall my eyes feek a 
fight which I know will blaft them ? No, 
no, Matilda, I will not ally myfelf with 
God's enemy." 

** Are you then God*s friend at prefept ? 
Have you not broken your engagements 
with him, renounced his fervice, and aban^ 
doned yourfelf to the impulfe of your pa(^ 
fions ? Are you not planning the deftruc* 
tion of innocence, the ruin of a creaturie 
whom he formed in the mould of angels ? 
If not of daemons, whofe aid would you in- 
voke to forward this laudable defign ? Wijl 

o ttc 



( 267 ) . 
the feraphitns proteft it, conduft Antoqia 
to your arms, and fandlioi) with their mi- 
niftry your illicit pleafures? Abfurd! But I 
am not deceived, Ambrofio ! It is not virtue 
which makes you rejed my offer; -^oxxwou^d 
accept it, but you dare not. 'Tis not, the 
crime which holds your hand, but the pu- 
nifliment ; 'tis not refpeft for God whidi 
reftrains you, but the terror of his vea-, 
geance 1 Fain would you offend him in fe-^ 
cret; but you tremble to profefs yourfelf his 
foe^ Now lliame on the coward foul^ 
which wants the courage either to be a firixi 
iFriend, or an open enemy !*' 

** To look upon guilt with horror, Ma- 
tilda, is in ufclf a merit : in this refpedl I 
glory to confefs myfelf a coward. Though 
rny paffions have made nie deviate from \\^i^ 
laws, I ftill feel in my heart i^n innate Igv^ 
of virtue. But it ill becomes you to xax 
me with tny perjury; you who firft fedti- 
ced me to violate my vows ;. you who .^r/l 
rpuied my flceping yiccs^ made^.m^ h^\ 
the weight of religion's chains, and bade me 
N2 be 



( ^^68 ) 
be convinced that guilt had plcafures. Yet 
though my principles have yielded to the 
force of temperament, I dill have fufficient 
grace to (hudder at forcery, and avoid a 
crime fo monftrous, fo unpanlonabic !** 

** Unpardonable, fay you ? Where then 
•is your conflant boaft of the Almighty's infi- 
nite mercy ? Has he of late fet bounds to 
it ? Receives he no longer a (inner with 
joy ? You injure him, Ambrofio; you will 
always have time to repent, and he have 
goodnefs to forgive. Afford him a glori- 
ous opportunity to exert that goodne£: 
the greater your crime, the greater bis 
merit in pardoning. Away then with thefc 
childifli fcruples; be perfuaded to y<kir 
good, and follow me to the fepUlchrc.^ > 

*' Oh ! ceafe, Matilda ! That fcbffipg 
tone, that bold and impious language: is 
horrible in every riiouth, but moft ib in a 
woman's. Let us drop a c6nVerfation 
ixvhich excites no other fentiments thaft hor* 
ror aiid difguft. I will not follow y6u to 
the fepulchre, or accept the fervices of 

your 



(^69) 

yoiir inftfnal agents. Antonia flbair btf** 
mine, but mine by human means/* 

«* Then yours (be will nevef be ! ^au 
are banilbed her prefence ; her mother hai^ 
opened her eyes to your defigns, and (he iV 
now upon her guard againft them. Nay, 
more, (lie loves another ; a youth of diftin- 
guiflied merit po(re(res her heart j and unlets 
you interfere, a few days will miike her his^ 
bride. This intelligence was brought me 
by my invifible icrvants, to whom I had re-^ 
courfc on firft perceiving your indilTerence. 
They watched your every aftion, related ■ 
to me all that palTed ac Elvira's, and iiVi 
fpired me with the idea of &vouring your 
ded'gns. Their reports have been my 
otilyc6mfort. Though you (banned my 
pfeftnce, all your proceedings were known 
to me ; nay, I was conftantly with you 
in fome degree, thanks to this moft pre* 
<iousgift!" 

; With thefe words (he drew from beneath 

he(" habit a mirror of polidied fteel, the 

N 3 borders 



( ^7© ) 
borders of which wcr^ in4rk?dyvu|i^ TA^i?^ 
ftrangc and unknown chAraftfirs. . V , . , , 

. "y\n^»dfl: all my forrows, .amidftyill oij 
rrgrcis for your cbldncG, I was fuftainec^ 
from dtfpair by the virtues of this tflifman. 
On pronouncing certain words, th^ pcrfpp. 
appears in it on whom the . obfcryei's, 
thoughts are bent ; thus, though /was ,ex- 
ilcd from your fight, you, Ambrofio, w.ere. 
over.prefent to mine." 

. I^hc friar^s curiofity was ftrongly excited*. 
** What you relate is incredible! MatiU 
dsi, are you noc amufing yourfelf with my. 
credulity?" 
** Be your own eyes the judgc.^* 
She put the mirror into his hand. Curi?:, 
ofity induced him to take it, and love, to. 
wifli t4)at Antonia might appear, MatiUa, 
pronounced the magic words. Immediately ; 
a thick fmoke rofe from the characflersj. 
traced upon the borders, and fpread itifclf-, 
oyer the furface. It difperfed again gradu* 
ally; a confufed mixture of colours, ^ip^^ 



images. 



( 2>1 ) 

knagfs pref^rttcd themrdvcs'to thfefiiaf^ 
eyes, which at iength arranging thcmfelVes 
Ui their proper places, he beheld in mini* 
aturc Antonia's lovely form. 

The fcene was a^fcnall dofet belonging to 
her apartment. She was undreffing to' 
bathe herfelf. The long trefles of her hair 
were already bound up. The amorous 
monk had full opportunity to obferve the 
voluptuous contours and admirable fym* 
metry of her perfon. She threw off her laft 
garmcnti andj advancing to the bath pre« 
pared for her, put her foot into the'wa* 
ten It ftruck cold, and (he drew ic bick 
again. Though unconfcious of being ob- 
ferved, an in-bred fenfe of modefty in- 
duced her to veil her charms ; and (he 
ftobd hefitating upon the brink, in "the ^t-' 
titude of the Venus de Mcdicis. Atthia- 
momcnt a tame linnet flew towards her,' 
neftled its head between her breafts, and 
nibbled them in wanton play. The fmilihg • 
Antonia drove in vain to fliakeoff the birdi^ 
and at length raifed her hands to drive ic 
N 4 from 



( 2t2 ) 

from i» dcligbtful harbour. Ambrofio 
could bear no more. His dcfices were 
worked up to phrenfy. 

^' I yield !'* be cried, dafhing the mirror 
upon the ground : ^* Matilda^ I follow^ you f 
Do with me what you willT* 

Slie waited not to hear his confent repeated. 
It was already midnight. She flewto hercell^ 
and foon returned with her little bafket and 
the key of the cemetery, which had remaiofi 
ed in her poileffion fiiice her firfl Tific to the 
vaults. Sbe gave the monk no time for 
rcfleiUon. 

** Come !*' (be faid, and took his hand]. 
*< follow me, and witncfs the cffedsof yowc 
rcfolve.'* • . : 

This fliid, (lie drew him haftily alongv^ 
They paflcd into the burying-gcoufld .uaw 
obferved, opened the door of the fepuichrcy 
and found themfelves at the head of- the : 
fubterraneous ftair-cafe. As yet the bejhis 
of ; the full moon had guided their fteps, 
but that refource now failed them. "Matil- *^ 
da had. neglected to provide herftilf With a 

lamp. 



( ^73 ) 

lamp. Still holding Ambrofio^s hand (he ds^ . 
fccnded the marble ftcps; but the profound- 
obfcuricy with which they were overfpread^ 
obliged chem to walk flow and cautioufly. 

*' You trerablel'* iaid Matilda to her 
companion ; ** fear not, the deftioed fpotit 
near/' 

, They reached ibe foot of the ftair-cafey 
and continued to proceed, feeling their way ^ 
along the walls. On turning a conn^r^ fud*' 
denly they defcried faidt gleams of lightj 
vcbich foemed burning at a diftance. ThK 
ther they bent their fteps. The rays pro-" 
ceeded from a fmall fepulchral lamp which 
flanaed^unceafingly before the Aatiie of Su- 
Clare. It tinged with dim aad ctieerlcfs- 
brams^tbefnaiTy columns which fupported 
the roof> but was too feeble to difllp^CTvlte 
thick glooai in which the v^t&4ibova sMr^ 
buried. v 

MaiUda^took the lan^p* . y- 

'5 Wait for met" faid Ihe to the friary - 
^ ina few moments. I atxi here agaim" i** 

W i(b i^efe. ^:wi9. Ike. hoilciu^ into xtac 
N5' of 



1 



( ^1V ) 
of the paflTagcs which branched in varloilj 
direftions from this fpor, and formed a fort 
of labyrinth. Ambrofio was now left alone. 
Darknefs the moft profound furrounded 
hiili, and encouraged the doubts which 
began to revive in his bofom. He had been 
hurried away by the delirium of the mo- 
raenr. The (hame of betraying his terrors, 
while in Matilda's prefence, had induced 
him to reprcfs them ; but, noW that he was 
abandoned to himfelf, they refumed their 
former afcendancy. He trembled at the 
fcene which he was foon to witncfs. Hd 
knew not how far the dclufions of magic 
might operate upon his mind : they poflibly 
might force him -to fome deed, whofe com* 
miffion would make the breach betwteri 
Jiimfelf and Heaven irreparable. In this 
fearful dilemma, he would have in)pl6red 
God's afliftance, but was confciousf that hi 
had forfeited all claim tofuch prot^Fon; 
Gladly would he have returned to the ab- 
bey ; but as he had pafled through inn u- 
tiimbltf taverns atid winding pafegeSj the 
^" ^ " attempt 



6 ^75 I 

^tempt of regaining the ftairswas hopelefsf 
His fate was determined; no poflibilityof 
efcape prefeoted itfelf* He therefore com- 
bated hi$ apprehenfions, and called eyerf 
argument to his fuccour,. which might en»r 
able him to fupport the trying fcene witli. 
fortitude. He reflefted, that Antonia woiild 
be the reward of his daring. He inflamed 
his imagination.by enumerating her charm54 
He perfuaded bimfelf, that (as Matilda bad: 
obferved) he. always flioiild have time faf-^^ 
ficient for repentance ; and that, as he tra^ 
ployed i^r aflifl:ance» not that of dasmoni^: 
trhe crime of forcery could not be laid jBsr 
his: charge. He had read much refpedttng 
witchcraft ; be underload- that, . uplefs -9^ 
formal a(% waft iigned renouncing hi^clain 
to falyatioo^. Satan would. Mvc.fio ipoww 
ever J^i^.r Het was- fuUy determined; co^ 
W execute any f»cb. adk^ whawver tlire^Xf 
i>)igbjt be pfed, or- adyant^^ bpld <3!u(.tiG^ 

^ch w<pi;e hismoditt^ijQnsfvhiJipfw^^ 
for IV^tUdar . Xbey.we^^. }ntta;f^ifp^d:^fj^ 



( 276 ) 
low niunnur, which fecmed at no great dif- 
tance fioiu him. He was (parried — he lii- 
tcned. Some minutes paflcd in filence, 
after which the murmur was repeated. U 
appeared to the groaning of one in pain. 
In any other fitiiation, this circumftance 
ix'ould only have excited his attention and 
curioHty. In the prefent^ bis predominant 
fenfation was that of terror. His ims^inarion 
totally engrofled by the ideas of forcery and 
Ipirits, he fancied that fome unquiet ghoft 
was wandering near him ; or elfe that Ma- 
tilda had fallen a vidim to her prefump- 
tion, and was perilhing under the cruel 
fangs of the daemons. The noife feemed 
not to approach, but continued to be 
heard at intervals. Sometimes it becadfie 
more audible— doubtlefs, as the fufferings 
cf the perfon who uttered the groans became 
more acute and infupportable. Ambrofio 
now and then thought that he could diflin- 
guifh accents, and once in particular he 
was almoft convinced that he heard a feint 
voice exclaim^ 

« God ! 



( m ) 

« Godl Oh! God! No hope! Nolac- 



cour!'* 



* Yet deeper groans followed thefe words : 
they died away gradually, and nniverikt 
fiience again prevailed. 

•* What can this mean ?'* thought the 
bewildered monk. 

^ At that moment an idea which flalhed 
into his mind^ almoft petrified him widi 
horrpr. He (laned, and (huddered at 
himfelf. 

.. *^ Should it be poffible r He groaned 
involuniariiy ; <^ (hould it but be poffible; 
Oh I what a monfter am 1 1*^ 

He wiflied to refolve his doubts> and^o 
.repair his fault, if it were not too late al- 
.r^ady. But thefe generous and compftf- 
fionw fentiments were foon putlOtfligbt 
by tbexeturn of Matilda* He forgot the 
groAaing fufferer, and remembered no* 
thing but the danger and embarrapTmenc of 
his own fituation. The.light of the return-* 
ing laoip. gilded the walls^ and io: a few 
moments after Matilda (tood .bolide* h)m* 

She 



( »7» ) 

Sbe had quitted her religloiis habit ; Ac • 
was now clothed in a long fable robe, oa 
>vhich was traced in gold embroidery a va- 
riety of unknown chara<5lers : it was faf^ 
tened by a girdle of precious ftones,, in 
which was fixed a poniard. Her neck 
and arms were uncovered^ in her band 
(he bore a golden wand ; her hair was 
loofe^ and flowed wildly upon her (boul- 
ders ; her eyes fparkled with terrific cxpref- 
fion ; and her whole demeanour was calcuf 
lated to infpire the beholder with awe and 
admiration* 

** Follow me !'* (he faid to the monk ia 
a low and folemn voice ; '^ all is ready I" 

His limbs trembled while he obeyed her. . 
She led him through various narrow pa&: 
(ages ; and on every fide^ as they pafled 
along, the beams of the lamp difplayed 
none but the moft revolting objefts ; fcull$» 
bones, graves, and images whofe eyes 
feemed to glare on theni with horror aad. 
furprife. At length they feached a fpacious . 
cavern, whofe lofty roof the eye. fought 

in 



( «79 ) 

in' vain to difcaver.' A prrfound dbfcumjr 
hoverect through the vord ; dimp vapours: 
ftrUcfc cold to the friar's heaitj and he Hf-*^ 
tened fadly to the blaft while it howled- 
along the londy vaults. Here Matilda (lop- 
ped. She turned to Ambrofio. His qheeks 
and lips were pale with apprehenfion. By 
a glance of mingled fcorn and anger (he 
reproved his pufillanimity, but (he fpokff 
not. She placed the lamp upon the ground 
near the bafket . She motioned that A mbrb- 
fio fliould be filent, and began the myftc-- 
rious rites. She drew a circle rouHd hitti'/ 
another round herfelf; and then, taking a' 
fmall phial from the bafket, poured* a'fctv* 
drofps upon the ground before her. She 
bent over the place, muttered fome indlT-^' 
tin(^ fentenccs, and immediately a pile (til* 
plhurous flame arofe frc^m the ground;-' Itf' 
increafed by degrees, and at length fpfea^' 
its waves over the whole furface, thte circies^ 
alone excepted in which ftood MatilcJa 
and the monk. It then afcerided the hiige^ 
columhs of unhewn done, glicJco along \hk 



( 28a ) 
roof, and formed the cavern into an im- 
menfe chamber totally covered with blue 
trembling fire* It emitted no heat : on the 
contrary, the extreme chillnefs of the place 
feemed to augment with every moment. 
Matilda continued her incantations $ at in- 
tervals. Qie took various articles from the 
ba(kety the nature and name of mod of. 
which were unknown to the friar : but: 
among the few which he diftinguifliedy h<, 
particularly obfervcd three human fingers, 
and an agnus dei which (he broke in pieces. 
She threw them all into the flames which 
burned before her> and they were iaftantly 
confumed. 

The monk beheld her with anxious cu? 
riofity. Suddenly (he uttered a loud an4 
piercing fliriek. She appeared to be; fei^ 
cd with an accefs of delirium; (h^ tgre her. 
hair, beat her bofom, ufed the mod Cran^^; : 
geftures, and, drawing the poniard f^piji: 
her girdle, plunged it into her left arm. 
The blood gufhed out plentifully i and, as 
(he ftood on the brink of the circle, (he 

2 took 



( «8i ) 
rook care that it (hould fall on the outfide* 
The flames rctkcd from the fpot an which 
the blooit was pouring. A volume of dark 
clouds rofe ilowly from the enfanguincd 
earth, and afcended gradually till it reached 
the vault of the cavern. At the fame timt 
a clap of thunder was heard, the echo pealed 
fearfully along the fubterraneous paflages, 
and the ground (hook beneath the feet of 
the enchantrefs. 

It was now that Ambrolio repented d 
his ralhnefs. The folemn fingularity of the 
charm I^ prepared him for fomething 
llrange and horrible. He waited with fear 
for the fpirit*s appearance, whofe coming 
was announced by thunder and earthquakes. 
He toofced wildly around him, expeAing 
tbait feme dreadful apparition would meet 
his eyes, the fight of which would drive 
him mad. A cold (hivering feized bis bo^ 
dy, and he funk upon one knee, unable to 
fupport'himfelf. 

<* He conies!" c3(claimcd Matilda ia* 
joyful atcent. ^- ■ ^ *• '.'• r' 

Amhcodo 



( aJj ) 

Ambrofio ftarced, and expedted the dae- 
mon with terror. What was his furprife 
when, the thunder cealing to roll> a full 
ftrain of melodious mirfic founded in (he 
air ! Ai the fame time the cloud difappear- 
cd, and he beheld a figure more bcautifiil 
than fancy's pencil ever drew. Jt was a 
youth fcemingly fcarcc eighteen, the per* 
Jir(5lion of whofe form and face was unri- 
valled. Me was perfc(flly naked; a bright 
rtar fparkled upon his forehead, two crim- 
fon wings extended themfclvca from hii 
fliouldersj and his (ilken locks were con« 
fined by a band of many-coloured fireSi 
iihich played round his head, formed them-' 
felves into a variety of figures, and (hone 
with a brilliance far furpaffing that of pre- 
cious ftones. Circlets of diamonds were faf- 
tened round his arms and ankks^ and in 
his right hand he bore a filvcr branch imi- 
tating myrtle. His form flione with daz- 
zling glory : he was furrounded by clouds ' 
of rofe-<:obured light, and,, at the moment 
that he appeared, a refircfhing air breathed 

perfumes 



( ^^ ) 

perfidies U^rQugh tlic cawerru Enchatjfed 
4E a vifioa fo contrary to his expeftatioQ?|^ 
Ambrofio^ gazed upon the fpirit with dc-. 
li^bt and Avpnder : yet, however beautiful 
the figure, he could not but remark a wild- 
ncfs in the daemon's eyes, and a myfterioiM^ 
melancholy imprefled upon his feature?,^ 
betraying the fallen angel, and infpiring the 
fp^dators with fccret awe. 
.. The mufic ceafed. Matilda addrcffed 
herfelf to the fpirit ; (he fpokc in a langiwg^j 
unintelligible to the monk^ and was anfwer-* 
cd.in the fame. She Teemed to.infid upou; 
fomcthing which the dsemon was unwilling^ 
to grant. He frequently darted upon Am«^ 
brofio angry glances, and at fuch time*^ 
the friar's, heart fank within him* Matilda, 
appeared, to grow incenfed ; (lie fpoke in a., 
loud .and commanding tone, and her gef- 
tures declared that (he was threatening^ 
hitn with her vengeance. Her menaces^ 
had the defired effeft. The fpirit; fank- 
iipoi> his knee, and with a fubraiiffivc. .?.ii^. 
prefeuj:e4 to her thci)ranch.of fnyrtli?.. Nq.- 

foon«r 



( 284 ) 

fobner had flic received ir, than the tnufic 
nvas again heard i a thick cloud fpread iiftif 
over the apparition ; ihe bJuc flames difap- 
peared,and total obfcurity reigned through 
the cave. The abbot moved not from his 
place : his faculties were all bound up in 
pleafure, anxiety, and furprifc. At length 
the darknefs difperfing, he perceived Ma- 
tilda (landing near him in her religious 
habit> with the myrtle in her hand. No 
traces remained of the incantation^ and the 
vaults were only illuminated by the fabt 
rays of the fcpulchral lamp. 

** I have fuccecded/* faid Matilda, 
" though with more difficulty than I ex- 
" pefted/* Lucifer, whom X fummoned to 
my afliilance, was at firft unwilliftg to obey 
my commands: to enforce his compliance, 
I was conftraincd to have recourfc to my 
ftrongeft charms. They have producied 
the dcfired effeft, but I have engaged never 
more to invoke his agency in your favour. 
Beware then how you employ an opportu- 
nity which never will return. My magic 

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arts will now be of no ufe to you : in future 
-you can only hope for fupernaxural aid, by 
invoking the daemons yourfelf, and accepti- 
.ing the conditions of their fcrvice. This 
you will never do. You want ftrcngth o£ 
mind to force them to obedience ^ and ua- 
Icfs you pay their eftabliflied price, they 
will not be. your voluntary fervants. In this 
.cne inflance they confent to obey you ; I 
X>flrer you the means of enjoying your mif- 
trcfs, and he careful not to lofe the oppor- 
tunity. Receive this conftellated myrtle: 
while you bear this in your hand, every 
jdoor will fly open to you. It will procure 
yoii accefs to-morrow night to Antooia's 
xhamber : .then breathe upon it thrice, pro- 
>nounce her name, and place it upon her 
pillow. A death like ilumber will imme« 
vdiatcly feize upon her, and deprive her pf 
xhe power of refilling your attempts. Sleep 
will hold her till break of mpriiing. Inthi^ 
ftatc you may fatisfy your defifcs without 
danger of beingdifcovered; fince,wl;ieu day- 
light (Hall difpei the effeds of the cpcbant- 

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mcnr, Antoniawill perceive Kertfiflibhdui^, 
but be ignorant of the raviflier. Be happy 
then, my Ambrofio, and let this'for^ce 
canvlnce you that my Friendfliif) is iiiiin- 
terefted and pure. The night ftiuft'be 
near expiring: let us return to the ab- 
bey, left our abfence fliould create fur* 

The abbot received the talifmah witli 
filent gratitude. His ideas were too miicli 
bewildered by the adventures of the nighty 
to permit his expreffing his thanks audi-*' 
bly, or indeed as yet to feel the whole value 
of her prefent. Matilda took up her lamp 
and baiket, and guided her companion 
from the myfterious civern. She reftored 
the lamp to its former place, and continued 
her route in darknefs till ftie reached the 
foot of the ftair-cafe. The firft beams of 
the rifing fun darting dov;4i it facilitated 
the afcenr. Matilda and the abbot batten- 
ed out of the fepylchre, clofed the door af- 
ter them, and foon regained the abbey's 
wefte/n cloifter. No one met them, and 

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cbcy retired unobfcrvcd to their refpedltve 
c?lls. 

., The confufionrof Ambrofio*s mind nov^ 
began to appeafe. He rejoiced in the for- 
tunate iflue of his adventure, and, refle(5\ing 
upon the virtues of the myrtle, looked upon 
Antonia as already in his power. I magi- 
nation retraced to him thofe fecret charms 
betrayed to him by the enchanted mirror, 
4nd he waited with impatience for the ap- 
proach of midnight* 



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